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Obituaries from "The Kern Valley Sun" Newspaper 



Volume XII 
1995 



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Wednesday, February 8, 1 995 



Ova Monroe 
Weaver 

Ova Monroe Weaver, age 85, 
of Lake Isabella, passed away 
on January 27, 1995. He was a 



retired carpenter. 

Survivors include five children, 
19 grandchildren, several great- 
grandchildren and several great- 
great-grandchildren. 

Private cremation under the 
direction of Neptune Society of 
Bakersfield. 

Dorothy Mae 
Kirkwood 

Dorothy fvlae Kirkwood of 
Woody, California, passed away 
January 22, 1995, in Kern Medi- 
cal Center after a brief illness. 
She was 79 years of age. She 
was born June 22, 1915 in Los 
Angeles, California, to Vernon 
and Betty Robinson, who home- 
steaded in the Bodfish area in the 
mid-1930'sto 1981. 

She is survived by her aunt 
Marie Bixler of Bodfish; cousins 
Ann Jones of Woody, Stella 
Abercombie of Bodfish, Nevada 
Hand of Bakersfield, Hurley 
Robinson of Upland, Califomia; 
and close fnends Tom and Kim 
Chapman of Ridgecrest and 
Barbara Burk of Woody. She was 
preceded in death by her husband 
Bill Kirkwood in 1983. 

Dorothy retired as a telephone 
operator from the Long Beach 
School District in 1 971 . She and 
her husband Bill then moved to 
Bodfish on 20 acres of land they 
purchased in 1 943 to be near her 
mother, where they remained 
until 1982. 

Dunng the 1970's, Dorothy 
was responsible for starting the 
onginal chapter of the Daughters 
of the American Revolution in the 
Kern Valley, and was very active 
in that organization. 

A private memorial service with 
family and friends was held in 
Woody on Saturday, February 4, 
1995. 



Ellsa La Verne 
Ferguson 

Funeral services were held 
Friday, February 3, 1995, at 
10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist 
Church in Lake Isabella for Ellsa 
LaVeme Ferguson of Bodfish. 



Officiating was Pastor David 
Snow, interment followed at the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery in 
W offord Heig hts, Califomia. 

Ellsa was born November 17 
1911 in Cleveland, Oklahoma, 
and passed away January 31, 
1995 in Mt. Mesa, California. 
She has been a resident of 
Bodfish for the past 24 years. 

Survivors include her son and 
daughter-in-law Rogerand Linda 
Ferguson of Lake Forest, Cali- 
fornia; daughter Eleanor Ivie of 
Barstow, California; 9 grandchil- 
dren and 13great-grandchildren. 
She is also survived by her sis- 
ters Ada Myers of Bodfish; Leona 
Kudlemyer of Oregon; Elizabeth 
Wright of Oregon; Artie Harris of 
Oklahoma; Sophie Ducan of 
Kansas; sister-in-law Dovie Nail 
of Oklahoma; and brother Velber 
Ducan, also of Oklahoma. She 
will be missed by all. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Lon M. Dimick 

Funeral services for Lon M. 
Dimick, age 45, of Kemville were 
held on Friday, February 3, 1 995, 
at 2:00 p.m. in the Valley Mor- 
tuary Chapel. Officiating was 
Pastor John Carpenter of the 
Kernville United Methodist 
Church. Interment followed in 
the Kem River Valley Cemetery 
in Wofford Heights. 

A 3-year area resident, Lon 
was born April 1 4, 1 949 in Santa 
Monica, Califomia. He was a 
self-employed carpenter. Lon 
attended Kemville United Meth- 
odist Church and enjoyed fish- 
ing. He was an accomplished 
guitar player who enjoyed 
strumming, blues and bluegrass. 
He had played at the California 
State Fair in Sacramento. 

Survivors include his mother 
Mary Stokes of Ridgecrest; 
brother Wayne Dimick of 
Ridgecrest; sister and brother- 
in-law, Rebecca and Kenneth 
Richards of Kemville; step-sis- 
ter Jamie Sorrels; his grand- 
mother Lenora Stokes of 
Ridgecrest; nephews Kurtis 
Young and Joshua Dimick; and 
a niece Jessica Dimick. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary of Lake Isabella. 



Wednesday, February 8, 1995 



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Lorraine "Lori" 
Rita Hebestreit 

Memorial services for "Lori" 
are being held this morning, 
Wednesday, February 8, 1 995, 
at 1 1 .00 a.m. at Ewings on the 
Kern. Pastor Deryl Lackey will 
officiate. Lori was bom October 
25, 1 927 in Chicago, Illinois, and 
left this life after a short but gal- 
lant battle with cancer on Feb- 
ruary 1, 1995. 

Lori graduated from Madonna 
High School, an all-giris Catholic 
school in Aurora, Illinois in 1944. 
That was also the year Lori met 
William "Bill" Hebestreit, her 
husband of 47 years. They were 
both seniors at the time, but at- 
tending different schools, and by 
chance met while roller skating 
at the local skating rink. Four 
years later on June 26, 1948, 
Lori and Bill became "Man and 
Wife" and the next 47 years be- 
came history. Together they 
raised five children and enjoyed 
eleven grandchildren and one 
great-grandchild. Lori was an 
extremely active lady in our val- 
ley. She was a real estate broker 
by career, served as the Kern 
Valley Women's Club President 
1989-1990 year, served as a 
board member and treasurer for 
the local clinic (Clinica Sierra 
Vista), was an avid bridge player, 
and was active in volunteer wori<. 



Lori had a great love for creative 
writing, especially poetry and 
recently was the recipient of first 
place honors from the California 
Federation of Women's Clubs 
for her poem "Seasons of My 
Life." 

She is survived by her hus- 
band William "Bill" Hebestreit of 
Wofford Heights; daughter 
Blanche Jimenez of Ashland, 
Oregon; daughter Margaret 
Pettinari of Bakersfield, Califor- 
nia; daughter Roberta Olivera of 
Nuevo, California; daughter 
Jennifer Miller of Bakersfield, 
California; son Charles 
Hebestreit of Flagstaff, Arizona; 
Lori's sister Patricia Jaques of 
Homewood, Illinois; 11 grand- 
children and 1 great-grandchild. 

In lieu of flowers, please make 
a donation to the Kern Hospice 
or the cancer society of your 
choice in Lori's name. 

SEASONS OF MY LIFE 

What happened to the 

springtime? 
It was here just yesterday. 
Did I really spend those 

precious hours 
Just whiling the time away? 

I remember summer. 
It came and then it went. 
Now I can't relive those days 
Not always wisely spent. 

Now that it's fall 



How wise I've suddenly 

become. 
No time to waste or hesitate 
For soon I'm going home. 

Will winter find me wanting 
For just one more day. 
To do the things I meant to do, 
Say the things I meant to say? 

Thank you. Lord, for all 

those days 
I have beyond this date. 
I'll try to use them wisely 
Before it really is too late. 

Lori Hebestreit 

Lori touched many lives and 
will be deeply missed by all who 
had the privilege of knowing such 
a fine and gracious lady. 



Klida Berneice 
Wood 

Funeral services were held 
Saturday, February 4, 1995, at 
1:00 p.m. at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel. Officiating was Pastor 
Floyd Castillo of the Highland 
Chapel Methodist Church of Lake 
Isabella. Interment followed at 
the Kern River Valley Cemetery 
in Wofford Heights. 

Mrs. Wood was bom January 
16, 1924 in Colcord, Oklahoma, 
and passed away February 1, 
1995, in Weldon, California. She 
has been a resident of Weldon 
for 23 years. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of 53 years Chariie Wood; 
son Ron Wood of Puyuaiiap, 
Washington; daughter Chariotte 
Bullard of Ridgecrest, Califor- 
nia; four sisters, seven grand- 
children and one great-grand- 
daughter. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Wednesday, February 13. 1995 



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Paul Lawrence 
Bayne 

In loving memory of Paul 
Lawrence Bayne, a former 
resident of Wofford Heights, a 
memorial mass was offered at 
Our Lady of Perpetual Help 
Church, 124 Columbus Street, 
Bakersfield, on Saturday, Feb- 
ruary 11,1 995. He passed away 
on February 7, 1995. 

Paul was born September 
11, 1934, in Pittsburgh, Penn- 
sylvania, to Paul and Lillian 
Bayne. The family moved to 
Bakersfield in 1 947, where Paul 
attended eighth grade. His high 
school years were spent at the 
Mont La Salle Novitate in Napa, 
as God had called him into ser- 
vice as a Christian Brother. He 
subsequently graduated from 
Saint Mary's College and 
earned a Master's Degree from 
Loyoia_^LJniversity. 

He Tenhained a Christian 
Brother until 1971 when he re- 
turned to Bakersfield and taught 
for one year at Garces High 
School. This was followed by a 
20-year teaching career at 
Camp Owen in Kernville. He 
was named to the 1 992 "Hall of 
Fame" by the Greater Bakers- 
field Chamber of Commerce 
as "Outstanding Teacher." 

While residing in Wofford 
Heights, he was a member of 
St. Jude's Church, where he 
served as a eucharistic minis- 
ter and lector. He belonged to 
the Knights of Columbus and 
was also a long-time member 
of the Kernville Lions Club, 
serving as its president in 1 978/ 
79. Paul also enjoyed his mem- 
bership at the Kern Valley Golf 
Club for many years. In late 
1992, due to ill health, hei 
transferred to Bakersfield to be 
nearer the dialysis treatment 
center. He continued teaching 
in Bakersfield until very recently, 
when his illness forced him to 
retire. 

Paul is survived by his loving 
wife, Darline; step-children Lori 
Mossi and Randy Stargill; and 
three step-grandchildren. He is 
also survived by his sister, 
Shirley, and her husband Chet 
Lucas of Bakersfield; brother 
Dennis Bayne and wife Patricia 



of Anaheim Hills, California; 
brotherThomas Bayne and wife 
Mary Anne of Bakersfield; 
hrnther Michael Bayne and wife 

. Katherine, also of Bakersfield; 
as well as by numerous dearly 
loved nieces and nephews and 
their children. Paul also will be 
missed by Rose Cameron, his 
"special angel" who nursed him 
during his illness. 

Paul was a very special per- 
son who was greatly loved as a 
husband, brother, uncle and 
friend. His kind and gentle na- 
ture, wonderful smile and 
stimulating conversation will be 
truly missed, but he will remain 
always in our hearts. 

In lieu of flowers, the family 
suggests donations be made 
to Saint Vincent de Paul Soci- 
ety, in care of John Andre, 201 
Oregon Street, Bakersfield, CA 
93305. 



Jo-Anne Venn 
Simpson 

Funeral services were held 
Friday, February 10, 1995, at 
10 a.m. at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel for Jo-Anne Vann 
Simpson of Kernville. Officiat- 
ing was Pastor Deryl Lackey of 
Mt. View Baptist Church of Lake 
Isabella. Interment followed at 
Kern River Valley Cemetery. 

Jo-Anne was born February 
5, 1938 in Poteau, Oklahoma, 
and passed away February 7, 
1995 at her home in Kernville. 
She has been a resident of the 
Kem River Valley for six years. 
She was a member of the La- 
dies of the Elks and a volunteer 
in probation at Camp Owen in 
the Reading Program. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band Bruce Simpson of Kern- 
ville; daughter Patricia Taylor of 
Sky Valley, California; son Ron 
Taylor of Pfioenix, Arizona; step- 
daughter Cathie Stevens of 
Kentucky; step-son Danny 
Simpson of Bakersfield; steo- 



daughter Elizabeth Francis, also 
of Bakersfield; step-son Tommy 
Simpson of Fairfield, California; 
and Magan and Daniell Taylor 
grandchildren; mother Gladys 
Moore of Wofford Heights and 
father Grady Vann of Altas, 
Oklahoma; also brother Don 
Vann of Bakersfield; and sister 
Jackie Vann of Wofford Heights. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
may be made to Hospice or 
LOE. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Lloyd Austin 
Williams 

Uoyd Austin Williams passed 

away in Mt. Mesa on February 
5, 1995. He was 79 years old. 
Lloyd was born on December 
14, 1915 in Sturgis, South Da- 
kota. 

He came to California in 1 940 
and lived in San Diego, then 
moved to the Los Angeles and 
Glendale areas. Before mov- 
ing to the Weldon area seven 
years ago he lived for a brief 
time in California City, Califor- 
nia. 

Lloyd is survived by his wife 
of 33 years, Emilie Williams of 
Weldon; daughter Marguerite 
Williams of Glendale, Califor- 
nia; daughter Claudia Awale of 
Seattle, Washington. He is also 
survived by many friends and 
neighbors who will greatly miss 
him. 

He worked as an engineer in 
the aerospace industry as well 
as an engineer in the electron- 
ics industry. Finally while living 
in Glendale, he developed his 
own business called Fleet Ser- 
vice Company which repaired 
mobile equipment in the Los 
Angeles and GlencjaJe areas. 

Services were held at Forest 
Lawr> Memorial Park in Glen- 
dale, California, on February 
1 4, where Lloyd was laid to rest 
in a Columbarium. 

Arrangements were 

enthrusted to the Bonnewell 
family of Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



WkoNKSDAY, bEBRUARY 13. 1V93 



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James R. 
Lostetter 

Graveside services were held 
Wednesday, January 25, 1 995, 
at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery 
for Dick "Grandpa" Lostetter. 
Dick passed away at his home 
in Bakersfield. He was 77 years 
old. 

Dick was born March 3, 1917 
in Akron, Ohio. This is where he 
met Peggy, his wife of 52 years. 
He served in Germany during 
World War II. After returning 
home, he opened a market in 
the San Fernando Valley. In 

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Larry moved to Lake IsabellaT 
Dick and Peggy opened and 
ran the Mt. Mesa Market for 1 
years. After selling the market, 
he and Peggy operated 
Lostetter's Mobile Home Sales 
with the help of their son Larry. 
Dick's last job, working for the 
County Probation Department 
at Camp Owen, was his favor- 
ite. He truly enjoyed the boys he 
dealt with. 

He was an original member 
of the South Fork Property 
Owners club, a member of the 
Masonic Lodge and American 
Legion. He was well known for 
his outgoing style and friendli- 
ness. Dick had an incredible 
ability to brighten people's day. 

Left to mourn his passing are 
his wife, Peggy; son and 
daughter-in-law, Larry and 
Kathy Lostetter of Bakersfield; 
granddaughter Lori and her 
husband David Wiggins of 
Tehachapi; grandson Richard 
Lostetter of Bakersfield; grand- 
daughter Letty and husband 



Ron Sparling of Mt. Mesa; 
grandson John Lostetter of San 
Jose; and Carolyn Lostetter. 
"Grandpa" is also survived by 
three very precious great- 
grandchildren Nicholas 
Sparling, Bayleigh and 
Maddison Wiggins. 

Other survivors include his 
brother and sister-in-law Bill and 
Marion Lostetter of Ohio; sister 
and brother-in-law Ma^yjean 
and Dutch Ziegler of Ohio; and 

several special nieces and 
nephews in Ohio; also Arlene 
Hibbard and Kristen Joslin, who 
are both very important to the 
family. 



Marlin Cluey Hall 



Funeral services were held 
Friday, February 10, 1995, at 1 
p.m. at Mt. View So. Baptist 
Church for Marlin Cluey Hall of 
Lake Isabella. Officiating was 
Pastor Deryl Lackey. Visitation 
was Thursday, February 9 
1995. 

Mr. Hall was born April 2, 
191 2 in Lone Oak, Hunt County, 
Texas and passed away ori 
February 8, 1995 in Lake Isa- 
bella. He has been a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for 25 
years and a member of the Mt 
View So. Baptist Church. 

He is preceded in death by 
his wife Doris in 1 991 and sons 
Connie Mac Hall in 1 986 and 
Roy Allen Hall in 1991. 

Survivors include his daugh- 
ter Norma Jean Hall of Lake 
Isabella; daughters-in-law Mary 
Hall of Lake Isabella and Mary 
Lubke of Bakersfield; six 
grandchildren: Chuck, Kenny, 
Keith Hall, Becky, Susan and 
Kandi and 12 great-grandchil- 
dren. He will greatly missed by 
all his family and friends. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Donald 
Hopkins Sr. 

Donald Hopkins Sr. , age 73, 
of Yuba City, died January 31 , 
1995, at his residence. 

A native of Six Mile Run, 
Pennsylvania, he was a Yuba- 
Sutter resident for five years. 
He was retired after working 
40 years with Operating Engi- 
neers No. 501 . He served as a 
private first class with the 
United States Army during 
World War II and received the 
Pi,irpigjHeart 

SurvivorrTncIude his wife, 
Florence Mae Hopkins of Yuba 
City; two sons, Donald Hopkins 
Jr. of Wheatland and Ernest 
Hopkins of Live Oak; three 
step-daughters, Barbara 
Linkaus of Florida, JoAnn 
Thackrah of Westminster, and 
Mary Long of Northridge; two 
brothers, George Hopkins of 
Florida and Ernest Hopkins of 
Kentucky; four sisters, La Rue 
Hennessey of New York, 
JoAnn Jones of Virginia, 
Maxine Reed of Pennsylvania 
and Beverly Home of Indiana; 
eight grandchildren and 13 
great-grandchildren. 

Private graveside services 
were held. Burial took place at 
Sierra View Memorial Park. 

Cecil DearTBell 

Cecil Dean Bell passed away 
Wednesday, February 8, 1995, 
in Mt. Mesa. He was born De- 
cember 3, 1 903 in Dufur, Or- 
egon. Mr. Bell was a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for the 
past 52 years. 

He worked for Union Oil 
Company on the drilling crews 
for 20 years before retiring. 

He is survived by his son 
Jack and daughter-in-law 
Thelma White of Kernville; 
daughter Rosemary Robinson 
of Weldon; son Ted White of 
Sparks, Nevada; also 8 grand- 
children and 18 great-grand- 
children. 

Private arrangements were 
made by Valley Mortuary. 



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\Vl■:^^'l•:^l)A^ , Fi:muiAin 22, 1995 



Alfred Lee 
WestWQod 

intho^o''^' !f^'ces were held 
<n the Rose Chapel of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home on Fri- 
day, Febmary 1 7, 1 995, at 1 :00 
p.m. for Alfred Lee Westwood, 
age 74. Officiating was Rever- 
end Duane Splawn, Pastor of 
the Kern River Valley Christian 
Church of Southlake. Commit- 
tal services and interment fol- 
lowed in the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights. 
He passed away in Mt. Mesa 
on Tuesday evening, February 
14, 1995. 

Mr. Westwood was born in 
Tildon, Illinois on August 30 
1920. In 1927, he moved with 
his family to Colorado and in 
1941 he came to Long Beach 
California. Al was a World War 
II veteran having served in the 
U.S. Army Air Corps. He and 
Miss Betty Armstrong were 
marned in Yuma, Arizona in 
March 1944. Following the war, 
Al worked for many years as a 
carpenter and was a member 
of the Carpenters Union local 
#710 in Long Beach. In 1976 
he and Betty moved to Lake 
Isabella. Al loved hunting and 
fishing and being out of doors. 
He was a devoted husband 
and father and will be missed 
by all who knew him. He is 
survived by his wife Betty May 



Westwood of Lake Isabella- his 
mother Wilma Lena Westwood 
of Lake Isabella; son Gary Lee 
Westwood of Long Beach 
California; daughter Judy 
Darlene Hauge, also of Long 
Beach; brother William of 
Coarsegold, California; brother 
Clifford of Brunett, Texas- 
brother Winfred of Auburn' 
Washington; sister Shirley 
Barfield of Wichita Falls, Texas 
five grandchildren, four great- 
grandchildren and many 
nieces, nephews and fnends. 
The services were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonnewell 
family of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. 



Angelo Joseph 
Spencer 

Graveside funeral sen/ices 
were held in the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights on Friday, February 1 7 
1995, at 11:00 a.m. with Monsi^ 
gnor Anthony J. Herdegen 
Pastor of St. Judy's Catholic 
Church and the Lake Isabella 
Post #7665 officiating for Angelo 
J. Spencer, age 77. He passed 
away at his residence in Bodfish 
on Friday afternoon, February 



10, 1995. 

Angelo was born in Ardmore, 
Pennsylvania on January 28,' 
1 91 8. He spent his early years 
there and in 1943 he entered 
the U.S. Navy where he served 
for 28 years rising to the rank of 
Chief Petty Officer. He was sta- 
tioned all over the world and 
served on the USS Midway air- 
craft -carrier. He served in 
Tnnidad in the 1 950's and came 
to California following an enlist- 
ment in Nonrt/alk, Virginia in 
1960. Following his retirement 
from the Navy, he worked for 
Michaelson's Laboratories in 
China Lake. 

He loved the outdoors and 
enjoyed golfing. He was a 
member of the V.F.W. Lake 
Isabella Post #7665 and the 
Kern River Valley Elks Lodge 
#2358. 

Angelo is survived by his wife 
Jeanne of Bodfish; daughter 
Gerri Spencer of Southlake- 
brother Philip Spencer of 
Pennsylvania; sister Jo Spencer 
of Ardmore, Pennsylvania; 
several nieces, nephews and 
many friends. 

The services were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonnewell 
family of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. 



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Wi-DNi:so.\v, Fi-nuuAio 22, 1993 



Jack Morriss 

Funeral services were held 
Friday, February 17, 1995, at 
1 1 :00 a.m. at Mt. View South- 
ern Baptist Church in Lake 
Isabella for Jack Morriss of Lake 
Isabella. Officiating was Pastor 
Deryl Lackey. 

Mr. Morriss was born March 
4, 1 929 in Salt Lake City, Utah, 
and passed away February 1 3, 
1995 in Bakersfield, California. 
He has been a resident of the 
Kern River Valley for nine years 
and a member of the Mt. View 
Southern Baptist Church. He 
loved to fish and he also helped 
many people in the valley. 

He is survived by his wife of 
nine years Fay Morriss of Lake 
Isabella; son Joseph E. Morriss 
of San Luis Obispo, California; 
daughter Leslie Morriss of 
Ventura, California; daughter 
Evelyn Morriss of Oxnard, 
California; brother Ed Wyman 
of Kelseyville, California; sister 
Marilyn Aswegan of Chula 
Vista, California; sister Bobbie 
Harvey of North Bend, Oregon; 
sister Joanne Edwards of 
Kelseyville, California; four 
grandchildren Joe, Jim, Jennifer 
and Daniel; and many other 
relatives who loved him. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
can be made to the Building 
Fund at the Mt. View Southern 
Baptist Church. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Thomas Leslie 
Buhe 

Visitation was held Friday, 
February 17, 1995 from 1:00 
p.m. to 5:00 p.m. for Tom Buhe 
at Valley Mortuary in Lake Isa- 
bella. Tom was born June 8, 
1916 in Chicago, Illinois and 
passed away at his home in 
Bodfishon February 16, 1995. 

Tom and his wife have been 
residents of the Kern River Val- 
ley for 18 years since retiring 
from Rockwell. 

He is survived by his wife of 
59 years, Florence Buhe of 
Bodfish; son Thomas Charles 
Buhe of Tehachapi; daughter 
Arlene Mae Hannah of Chuia 
Vista, California; four grand- 
children and three great- 
grandchildren. 

Private arrangements by 
Valley Mortuary. 

Emily Mary 
Elizabeth Berni 

Funeral services were held 
in the Rose Chapel of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home on 
Tuesday, Februafy 14, 1995, 
at 11:00 a.m. for Mrs. Emily 
Berni, age 95. Reverend Floyd 



Castillo, Pastor of the Highland 
Chapel United Methodist 
Church officiated. Committal 
serves were held in the New 
Auburn Cemetery in Auburn, 
California on Thursday, Feb- 
ruary 16, 1995, at 9:00 a.m. 

Mrs. Berni passed away in 
the local nursing center on Fri- 
day evening, February 10, 
1 995. She was born in Ontario, 
Canada on April 6, 1899. She 
had been a resident of Lake 
Isabella since 1983 coming 
here from Redondo Beach 
where she had resided for many 
years. 

She is survived by two 
daughters, Mary Jean Harrison 
of Lake Isabella and Nellie 
Elizabeth Moran of Auburn, 
California; six grandchildren, 13 
great-grandchildren and 4 
great-great grandchildren and 
many friends. 

The services were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonnewell 
family of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. 



Wednesday, March 1, 1995 



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Kathryn "Janie" 
Robey 

Memorial services were held 
on Wednesday, February 22, 
1995 at 11.00 a.m. at the Elks 
Lodge in Wofford Heights for 
Kathryn "Janie" Robey. Janie was 
born on November 11, 1936, in 
Overton, Alabama and went with 
the Lord on February 18, 1995, 
after a long courageous battle 



with cancer. 

Janie attended grammar 
school and high school in Shatter, 
Califomia and in Wasco, Califor- 
nia. She also attended Bakers- 
field College. She was an accom- 
plished writer, compiling numer- 
ous poems, as well as a wonder- 
ful noveL --. - - 

During the last 10 years, her 
home was in Wofford Heights, 
which she loved so deariy. She 
touched so many lives with her 
unconditional love and selfless 
caring. That love was returned by 
countless family, friends and 
neighbors. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of 34 years Terry; son 
Mervin; son Gary and daughter- 
in-law Leatha; son Perry and 
daughter-in-law Angela; daugh- 
ter Jill and son-in-law Steve 
Askew, all of Bakersfield; her sis- 
ter Jeanie and husband Volly 
Sanford of Colorado; brother Jim 
Fulner of Bakersfield; brotherSam 
Fulner and wife Sharon of Santa 
Barbara; numerous nieces and 
nephews; six beloved grandchil- 
dren; and many of her "family" 
and friends on "Family Mountain." 
She will be greatly missed. 



Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 

Remembering 
"Janie" 

She was sunshine, love, 
laughter and tears. — - 

She was strength and courage 
these past two years. 

As she fought the gallant fight 
against an insidious foe. 

Until finally exhausted, she had 
to go. 

She didn't want to go and leave 

Her beloved Terry, friends and 
family. 

Our "pretty giri" will always live 
in our hearts and memory. 



Wednesday. March 1. 1995 



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Norma Jean 
Dunham 

Funeral services were held for 
Norma Jean Dunham on Febru- 
ary 18, 1995, at the Kem River 
Valley Cemetery. She passed 
away peacefully with two of her 
children at her bedside, February 
15, 1995, at Mercy Hospital. 

Norma Jean spent her child- 
hood in Old Isabella and attended 
the first throUgh eighth graoes in 
the local one-room schoolhouse. 
Later she graduated from Bakers- 
field High School. 

During the Depression years, 
she spent some of her childhood 
in the Keysville area, where her 
father, Lon Presnell, and her 
rTtorrrert^cnTrierly fflnne"t1ann1ng) 
successfully mined the Kem River 
for gold. 

She later worked as a practical 
nurse for Dr. Charles Barrows, in 
Old Kemville. Following her years 
at the hospital, she worked as an 
attendant for the V.F.W. Ambu- 
lance Service, the first ambulance 
service established in the valley. 
She finished her years in the 
medical profession as a hearing 
tester for the Beltone Company. 

Norma Jean loved nature, 
hunting and gardening. Her sense 
of humor, her concern for others, 
and her strength in times of adver- 
sity endeared hert o her family and 
friends. She will be missed but 
remembered with smiles and 
laughter. She is survived by her 
two daughters, Dreena and Linda, 
and her three sons, Robert, Mike 
and Pat. 

Arrangements by Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home. 



OIlie E. King 

Memorial services for OHie E. 
King, age 70, of Bodfish were 
held on Sunday, February 26. 
1995 at 2:00 p.m. at the V F.W. 
Post #7665 in Lake Isabella. A 
10-year Kem River Valley resi- 
dent Mrs. King was bom Sep- 
tember 20, 1924 in Etowah 
County, Alabama and died at her 
home on February 18, 1995. 

She was a member of the La- 
dies Auxiliary of the V.F.W., the 
Ladies of the Moose and a lite 
member of Ward Memonal Pres- 
byterian Chapel in Gasden, Ala- 
Survivors include her husband 
Harold King of Bodfish; her 
"children's father and stepmother, 
Walter and Irma Hales of Gasden 
Alabama; a son David Hales of 
Lake Isabella; daughter Annie R. 
Cameron of Bakersfield; daugh- 
ter Linda K. Davis of Biloxi, Mis- 
sissippi; daughter Rebecca 
Lembke of Bodfish; daughter 
Susan Westburg of Kemville; and 
a stepdaughter Carol Fox of St. 
Paul, Minnesota. She is also sur- 
vived by her sisters Bobbie Brooks 
and Mary Taylor, both of Madi- 
son, Indiana; 17 grandchildren 
and 14 great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary of Lake Isabella. 



James Franklin 

■"""isrs bom Jan^rv i^ 
KaySg. Feb.a^ 20. 

for the past 15 years uy 
"'Sam"s«as preceded in death 

SefiSaSbyrr-anydear 
Home. 



Wednesday, March 1, 1995 



009 



In Loving Memory 

Randel Dean 

Stubbs 

The son of Frank and Shirley 
Stubbs, Randel was bom on De- 
cember20, 1955 and passed away 
on February 20, 1 995. 

He leaves behind his sisters 
Trudy Lee Stubbs and Teena 
Marie Stubbs; his ex-wife Leslie 
Stubbs; and his three children, 
Joel Evan Stubbs, Kyle Stubbs 
and Megan Gamer. 

He will be missed greatly. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 

Charles Elmer 
Willyard 

Graveside services were held 
Monday, February 27, 1995, at 
2.00 p.m. at the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery for Charles Elmer 
Willyard of Onyx. Officiating was 
Pastor John Carpenter of the 
Weldon Methodist Church. 

Mr. Willyard was bom August 
2, 1933, in Topeka. Kansas and 
passed away on February 22, 
1995, in Barstow, California. He 
was a resident of Onyx since retir- 
ing from the Postal Service in 
Simi Valley in 1 984. He was known 

forhis woodworking ancTTiewasa^ 
good father to his children. 

He is survived by his sons 
Charles Willyard, Jr. and David 
Willyard of Barstow, California- 
daughter Diana Lee Kent of An- 
chorage, Alaska; three grandchil- 
dren; Charles Willyard III, Amber 
Fox and Brandy Kent; two great- 
grandchildren: Ashley Fox and 
Hailey Mitchell; his brother Don 
Burse of Nebraska. He will be 
missed by all. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



boc DeWayne 
Jones 

Memorial services were held 
on Friday, February 24, 1995 at 
1 a.m. at Mt. View Southern Bap- 
tist Church in Lake Isabella for 
Doc DeWayne Jones. Officiating 
was Pastor Deryl Lackey. 

Doc DeWayne Jones was bom 
into this world on February 8, 1 946 
in the state of Oklahoma. He'spenf 
his early childhood in our Kern 
River Valley. Although he moved 
away for a period of time, he came 
back to this area in 1973. Dunng 
the majority of his life (33 years) 
he worked in constnjction as ari 
Operating Engineer Local #501 
running heavy equipment and 
welding. He was a member of the 
Operating Engineers Union and a 
member of this church family. 

He was an avid collector of 
knives and lived to hunt with 
hounds. He was also active in the 

Senior Centerdoingwhateverwas 
needed from cooking to dish- 
washing. 

Doc was taken from this life to 
be in the presence of his Lord and 
Savior Jesus Christ on February 
18, 1995, just ten days after his 
49th birthday. He will be greatly 
missed by all those who were 
privileged to know and love him 

He IS sun/ived by his mother 
Bessie, who resides in Oklahoma- 
three sisters Lahoma, Kay and 
Francina. also residing in Okla- 
homa; his daughter Janet and son- 
in-law Manuel Jimenez, of Lake 
sabella; daughter Caryl, also of 
Lake Isabella; and four grandchil- 
dren Justin Miller, Jesse, Codv 
and Elizabeth Jimenez. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. -^ 



Rose Marie 
Faygel Wallace 

Private family services and 
cremation were held in Areata, 
California, for Rose Marie Faygel 
Wallace, age 80. She passed 
away at the Mad River Hospital in 
Areata on February 1 0, 1 995. She 
was born on May 24, 1 91 4, in Red 
Lodge, Montana. 

Mrs. Wallace was residing in 
Santa Rosa, Califomia, with her 
daughter Jean Lewis. She had 
lived in the Wofford Heights area 
for 20 years. 

She was preceded in death by 
her husband Lorence E. Wallace 
and her parents Mark Faygel and 
Mary Homan Faygel. Survivors 
include her daughter Ellen lone 
Reid of Eureka. California; 
daughter Margaret Rose Sims of 
San Diego, Califomia; daughter 
Jean Marie Lewis of Santa Rosa, 
Califomia; five grandchildren and 
one great-grandchild. Also sur- 
viving Mrs. Wallace are her sis- 
ters Mary Bohannon of Colum- 
bus, Montana, and Anne Boffert 
of Redding, Califomia. 

Rose Marie Faygel Wallace 
Dearest Mother 

In every way 

You made our home 

A warni and happy 

Place to come. 

We learned of love 

And dignity 

And gathered 

Happy memories. 

We miss you so 

Now heaven knows 

Your gentleness 

And sweet repose. 

Margaret Rose Sims 

Jean Marie Lewis 

Ellen lone Reid 



WED^fESDAY, March 8, 1995 



Olu 



Albert Edward 
Smith 

Albert E. Smith passed away 
at his home Saturday, February 
25, 1995. He was bom February 
2, 1915 in New York City, New 
York, and came to California as a 
child and went to school in 
Bakersfield. He came to live in 
Kem Valley over 30 years ago. 

He is survived by his wife of 50 
years Irene; brother-in-law On/ille 
Welchen nephews Kent Maxwell 
and wife Judy and theirthree sons 
and daughter who were very 
special to Al, Nona, Scott, Wan-en 
and Guy; nephew Bob Smith and 
wife Johnnie; niece Judy 
Hightower and husband Cliff; 
niece Chris Faircloth and husband 
Dave. A much loved grandson 
Glen Hough and wife Wanda and 
children of Orlando, Florida and 
many great nieces and nephews 
and great-grandchildren and very 
speciai friends Liz, Tim, Marilyn 
and Ken. There will be no sen/k»s 
as requested by the deceased. 

Arrangements were by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday, March 8, 1995 



01 



Gilbert G. DiSanto 

Gilbert G. DiSanto, a resident 
of Lake Isabella, passed away on 
Februaty 18, 1995 at Bakersfield 
Memorial Hospital after a brief 
illness. 

He is sun/ived by his two sons 
Gilbert J. and Ronald D. DiSanto 
and fiis granddaughter Lisa 
DiSanto. He is also survived by 
his sisters Rose Nolan, Mary 
Gillespie, Josephine Miller and 
his brother Frank DiSanto. 

A memorial sen/rce was hekj 
on March 4, 1 994 at 1 p.m. at the 
Weldon United Methodist Church. 

Virginia Grace 
Raymond 

Private arrangements were 
made for Virginia Grace Raymond 
who passed away Febmary 28, 
1995 in Bakersfield, Califomia. 
She was bom November 1 2, 1 908 
in Escanaba, Michigan and has 
been a resident of the Kem River 
Valley for 17 years. Virginia is a 
retired Army Nurse who served 
during WWII. She belonged to the 
VFW Post #7665 and the Eagles 
Lodge, also the Lockheed Rock 
and Miners Society. She was an 
avid rock hound an d friend o f flora 
and fauna. "' 

She is survived by her sister 
Janet St. John of Wofford Heights; 
sister Margaret artd husband Chris 
Henkel of Chatsworth; nephew 
Jan W. Raymond of Weldon; 
nephew Mari< and wife Jan SL 



John of Greedly, Colorado; niece 
Patricia and husband Larry 
Argabright of Canoga Parte, Cali- 
fomia. 

Interment will be at Ft. Logan 
National Cemetery in Denver, 
Colorado. Donations may be 
made to the Arthritis Foundation. 

Anrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 

Frank Norwood 
Gates 

Private arrangements were 
made for Frank Nonfood Gates, 
who passed away February 26, 
1995 in Mt. Mesa, Califomia. 
Frank was bom July 17, 1907 in 
Ventura County, Califomia and 
has been a resident of the Kem 
River Valley for the past 1 6 years. 
He loved fishing and hunting. He 
was well known in the valley and 
he and his tall tales will be missed 
by all his family and friends. 

He is survived by his wife of 59 
years Edna; daughter Bonnie 
Arnold of Simi Valley; daughter 
Betty Mylres of Lincoln, Califomia; 
son Kenneth Gates of Goldfield, 
Nevada; eight grandchildren and 
eight great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuQfy. — 



Etta May Chapman 

Funeral services were held 
Tuesday, February 28, 1995, at 
1 1 a.m. at Valley Mortuary Chapel 
for Etta May Chapman. Officiating 
was Pastor Deryl Lackey of Mt. 
View Southem Baptist Church. 
Mrs. Chapman was bom Sep- 
tember 2, 1898 in Worthington, 
Minnesota, and passed away 
Febmary 24, 1995 in ML Mesa, 
Califomia. She was 96 years of 
age. She has been a resklent of 
the Kem River Valley for 25 years 
and a member of the 55+ Club 
and the Grandmothers Club. 

She is survived by her daugh- 
ter Gene Ackerman of Lake Isa- 
bella and her son Bud Chapman 
of Huntington Beach, Califomia; 
grandchildren Brad and Judy 
Armstrong of Lake Isabella and 
Brent Chapman of Huntington 
Beach, Califomia; great-grand- 
children Chris, Stephanie and 
Brandon Amistrong of Lake Isa- 
bella; George Ackerman of Port- 
land, Oregon; and Alan Ackerman 
of Vancover, B.C.; great-great- 
grandchild Alexander Ackerman 
of Vancover, B.C. She will be 
missed by all who knew her. 

Anrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Wednesday, March 15, 1995 







Aaron Allen Horn 

Aaron Allen Horn, age 22 years, 
passed away in Oak View, Cali- 
fornia, on Sunday, February 26, 
1995, after a long and brave 
struggle with dmg addiction and 
alcoholism. He was a special spirit 
an avid outdoorsman and back- 
packer; pioneering many trails in 
the Sespe Mountains and in the 
Sequoia National Forest. 

Aaron was bom ony 1 9, 1 972, 
and attended schools in Oxnard, 
California, where he was active in 
Scouting. He was a proud veteran 
of the U.S. Navy. Aaron was an 
accomplisjied musician with vajv 
ous Celtk: flutes and homs. He 
was a student of his Celtic Heritage 
and compiled various manuscripts 
recording the history of the Clans. 
His poetry and inspirational writ- 
ings are a monument to his deep 
k}ve of life. Always ready with a 
joke and a smile, Aaron was a 
true friend of the worid and his 
happy, loving spirit was an uplift- 
ing and guiding beacon to all that 
knew him. 

He is survived by his parents, 
Boyd and Pat, his brothers Hyrum 
and Chuck and his sister, Anna, 
all of the Kem River Valley. Also 
great-grandmother Clytie Allen; 
grandparents Jerry and Jean 
Obert of Southlake; numerous 
aunts, uncles, nephews and 
nieces. 

Funeral sen/ices were held at 



Valley Mortuary in Lake Isabella 
at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7th, 
with Pastor Mary True of the Unity 
Church of Petaluma The family 
requests ttiat in lieu of flowers, 
donatk>ns be made to the Kem 
River Valley Alano Club. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Arthur Andrew 
Litke 

Arthur Litke was bom on July 
27, 1922 in Erie, Pennsylvania 
He moved at the age of two to 
Detroit, Michigan, where he grew 
up and worked during WorkJ War 
II for the Ford Motor Company. 
He was an aircraft mechank: at 
the Ford Company where he 
helped in the building of the B-17 
bombers. After his stay at the 
Ford Company he worked for 
Revere Copper and Brass Com- 
pany for 35 years in Detroit 

Arthur moved to WeWon from 
Detroit in 1 987 where he remained 
until his death on March 8, 1 995 at 
the age of 72. 

He is survived by his wife Vir- 
ginia of Wekkxi; daughter and 
son-in-law Carol and Bob En- 
gland; granddaughlerHeaffier 
England and his grandson Chris- 
topher England. Also surviving 
him are a great many friends and 
neighbors who will greatly miss 
him. 

He will also be missed by the 
Moose Club of whk:h he was a 
lifetime member. 

Servk»s are entrusted to the 
Bonnewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 

Ernest Fred Everett 

Ernest Everett was bom on 
October 9, 1900, In Gatesville, 
Texas. He moved to Cafifomia in 
1930 where he lived in the Los 
Angeles and Banning area. Ernest 
worthed for 40 years forthe Padffc 
Bell Telephone Company as an 



Electrical Enqineer. He was in the 
Navy during me latterpartof WWI. 
He moved to Wofford Heights in 
1976. 

His hobt>y and the joy of his life 
was breeding and raising race 
horses. He raced his horses at 
Santa Anita, Hollywood Pari( and 
Del Mar race tracks. His rTX)St 
popular horse was Ctown Prince. 

Ernest passed away at his 
home in Wofford Heights on March 
9, 1995, at the age of 94. 

He is survived by his wife Hallie 
and daughter Evelyn Pari(e of 
Wofford Heights; a son Emest 
Fred Jr.; and many friends who 
will greatly miss him. 

Servk:es were entrusted to the 
Bonnewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Albert Edward 
Smith 

Albert E. Smith passed away 
at his home Saturday, February 
25, 1995. He was bom February 
2, 1915 in New Yori< City, New 
York, and came to California as a 
child and went to school in 
BakersfiekJ. He came to live in 
Kem Valley over 3a years ago. 

He is survived by his wife of 50 
years Irene; brother-in-law N.L 
Roberts and wife Julia; brother- 
in-law Orville Wek^her; nephews 
Kent Maxwell and wife Judy and 
thieirthrse sons and dauqhterwho 
were very special to Al, Nona, 
Scott Wanen and Guy; nephew 
Bob Smith and wife Johnnie; niece 
Judy Hightowerand husband Cliff; 
niece Chris FairckJth and hus- 
barxJ Dave. A much k>ved grand- 
son Glen Hough and wife Wanda 
and children of Oriando, Ftorida 
and many great nieces and 
nephews and grsat-grandchikjren 
and very speoal friends Uz, Tim, 
Marilyn and Ken. There will be no 
seo^Kes as requested by the de- 
ceased. 

Arrangements were by Valley 
Mortuary. 






Wednesday, March 22, 1995 



James R. "J.R." 
Scott 

Funeral services were held on 
Friday, March 17, 1995, at 2:00 
p.m. in the Valley Mortuary Chapel 
for James R. "J.R." Scott, 37, of 
Wofford Heights. Officiating was 
Pastor John Carpenter of the 
Kernville United Methodist 
Church. Intemient followed in the 
Calvary Cemetery in Petaluma, 
California. 

J.R. is survived by his father, 
James E. Scott of Wofford 
Heights; a brother John F. Scott 
of Bakersfield; sister Michelle 
McElfresh of Clovis; sister Anne 
Bunnell of Petaluma. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary of Lake Isabella. 



Martha Wokal 

Martha WokaJ, age 73, of Onyx 
passed away Tuesday, March 14. 
1995, in Bakersfield after a brief 
illness. She was bom in Sterling, 
Cotorado, but lived almost all her 
life in Calrfomia. She had lived in 
the Kem River Valley for over 20 
years, had been the office man- 
agerfbr Dr. Ann Efconin, and was 
cunnently secretary for the South 
ForlcMosquito Abatement District. 
She was also active in the South 
ForkWomen'sClub. Because she 
was ahfvays ready to help anyone 
who needed her spedal talents or 
her friendship, she will be missed 
by her family and friends. 



She is survived by her husband. 
Gene, to whom she had been 
married 54 years; her daughter 
Genel; sisters JoAnn Merry and 
Doris Pruett; brother Clifford 
Pritchard; and other family mem- 
bers and special friends who kjved 
her. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Jf ®|an'e Rachelle 
Wilde 

SHprt,;f'®"]1'9^^dmother 
Moeie Hertman of Lake IsabPiia- 




Wednesday. March 22. 1995 



01-4 



Aaron Allen Horn 

Aaron Allen Horn, age 22 years, 
passed away In Oak View, Cali- 
fornia, on Sunday, Feboiary 26, 
1995, after a long and brave 
stmggle witfi drug addiction and 
alcoholism. He was a special spirit, 
an avid outdoorsman and back- 
packer; pioneering many trails in 
the Sespe Mountains and in the 
Sequoia National Forest. 

Aaron was bom on July 19, 
1972, and attended schools in 
Oxnard, Califomia, where he was 
active in Scouting. He was a proud 
veteran of the U.S. Navy. Aaron 
was an accomplished musician 
with various Celtic flutes and 
homs. He was a student of his 
Celtic Heritage and compiled 
various manuscripts recording the 
history of the Clans. His poetry 
and inspirational writings are a 
monument to his deep love of life. 
Always ready with a joke and a 
smile, Aaron was a true friend of 
the world and his happy, loving 
spirit was an uplifting and guiding 
beacon to all that knew him. 

He is survived by his parents, 
Boyd and Pat, his brothers Hymm 
and Chuck and his sister, Anna, 
all of the Kem River Valley. Also 
great-grandmother Clytie Allen; 
grandparents Jerry and Jean 
Obert of Southlake; numerous 
aunts, uncles, nephews and 

nieces. 

Funeral services were held at 
Valley Mortuary in Lake Isabella 
at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 7th, 
with Pastor Mary True of the Unity 
Church of Petaluma. The family 
requests that in lieu of flowers, 
donations be made to the Kem 
River Valley Alano Club. 

Anangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. .^.— — 



Byron Leroy 
"Barney" Pate 

Byron Pate was bom in Kansas 
on May 7, 1920. He sen/ed in the 
Amny during World War II. 

He moved from Kansas to 
Califomia in 1 951 where he settled 
in the Maywood and Tonance 
area where he worked for Excellon 
Automation as manager of in- 
spection. 

Barney, as he was known by, 
moved to the Kem Valley area in 
1 974 where he lived until his death 
on March 4, 1 995 at the age of 74. 

He is survived by his wife Dorthy 
of Weldon; daughter Georgia 
Ban-entine of Franktown, Colo- 
rado; daughter Frankie Biehahn 
of Saugus, Califomia; daughter 
Elouise Richards of Fontana, 
Califomia; son Kelley Byron Pate 
of Golden, Colorado; nine grand- 
children and eight great-grand- 
chiklren. Along with many friends 
he had here in the Kem Valley. 

Servk»s were held in the Kem 
Valley LDS Church on Friday. 
March 17, 1995 at 1 p.m. 

Servfces were entaisted to the 
care of the Bonnewell family of 
the Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



John Anthony 
Subeell 

John Subee was bom in Ho- 
nolulu, Hawaii on March 22, 1 926. 
He lived in the Monterey Park 
area prior to coming to make his 
home in Bodfish where he lived 
until his death on March 12, 1995 
at the age of 68. 

- He served in the U.S. Coast 
Guard for many years. He also 
served in the American Merchant 
Marines in Oceangoing Service 
during the period of armed conflict 
between December 7, 1941 to 
August 15, 1945. 

John is survived by his wife 
Mary Subee of Bodfish; son John 
Anthony Subee III; daughter Jan 
Alexis Subee of Burtiank. Cali- 
fomia; daughter Jacquline Hunter; 
brothers Benny, John and Robert; 
sister Violet Akua; as well as four 
grandchildren. He will also be 
greatly missed by all who knew 
and loved him here in the Kem 
River Valley. , 

He was a member of the Men s 
Golf Club, Kem Valley Country 
Club. Elks and the American Le- 
aion. 

Services will be held in Hono- 
lulu wtth burial in the National 
Cemetery of the Pacific. 

Services were entrusted to the 
care of the Bonnewell family of 
the Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



01*j 



Wednesday. March 29, 1995 



Alden Eugene 
Westergren 

Memorial services were held 
for Al Westergren of Wofford 
Heights 00 SgOurday, March 25, 
1995, at 1():(50 a.m. at the Kern 

Kiver vsm wa§3PneXDd§e: OT^ 

ficiating were the officers of the 
Kern River Valley Lodge #827 
and Kern River Valley Chapter 
643 O.E.S. 

Mr. Westergren was bom on 
May 8, 1923 in St. Joseph, Mis- 
souri, and passed away on March 
21, 1995, in Wofford Heights, 
California. He served in the Air 
Sea Rescue in WWII and the Los 
Angeles City Rre Department for 
30 years as an engineer on the 
Rre Boats in San Pedro, Califor- 
nia. He was a member of Al 
Malaikah Shrine Temple and the 
Past Masters Club, both in Los 
Angeles, California. 

He was also a member of the 
Masonic Lodge #827, Lake Isa- 
bella Shrine Club. Sequoia Scot- 
tish Rite, Royal Arch Masons - 
Yoric Rite, Knights Templars, Or- 
der of the Eastern Star - Past 
Patron, and the American Legion 
of Lake lsat>ella. 

He is survived by his wife of 49 
years, Donna Westergren of 
Wofford Heights; son Mark 
Westergren of Sacramento, 
Califomia; daughter Diane Plante 
of Kemville; sisters Mary Cornell 
of Wofford Heights and June 
Oberg of Wofford Heights; and 
his three grandchildren Jenifer, 
Jeffrey and Jaclyn Pleinte. He will 
be missed by sill his family and 
friends. 

Anangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. _ -^ ^ 



Jack Caldwell 
Briggs 

Jack Briggs was born in 
Tippecanoe City, Ohio, on No- 
vember 1 6. 1 921 . He passed away 
in Wofford Heights on March 19, 
19Sn^ereTve ftad'fiveaTor'Trie^ 
past 24 years. He was 73 years 
old. Servrces were held at the 
Elks Lodge #2358 on Thursday, 
March 23, 1995. Interment fol- 
lowed at the Kern Valley Cem- 
etery. The Elks atong with Pastor 
David Snow officiated. 

Jack had served in the Navy 
during WWI I having earned WWI I 
Victory Medal, American area 
Campaign Medal, the Philippine 
Liberation Campaiqn Ribbon, 
Asiatic-Pacific Medal as well as 
the Good Conduct Medal. 

Jack left Ohio while in the ser- 
vice and came to Califomia. After 
his stay in the sen/ice from 1941 
to 1 949 he remained in the Whittier 
area until 1971 when he came to 
make his retirement home in 
Wofford Heights. Jack was a 
memt>er of the Elks. 

For many ye ars Ja ck was self- 



employed owner/operator of 
several service stations. He 
owned the Scovem Hot Springs 
Flying *A' station as well as the 
Douglas station in Bakersfiekj. 
Also several other statk>ns in the 
area. Ju st prior to retiri ng he op- 
eraf ed ia\ ArB6 Station inTdrflana. 
Oregon. 

Jack is survived by his wife 
Myrtle of Wofford Heights and 
three step-sisters Connie Heater, 
Judy Morton and Pat Stadut, all of 
Ohio. He will t>e greatly missed by 
his family and fnends. 

Servk»s were entaisted to the 
Bonnewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Mandell Waldo 
Pitcher 

Mandell Pitcher was bom in 
Tyrone, New York, on April 9, 
1896, and entered rest on March 
23, 1 995, in Bakersfield at the age 
of 98. 

He left New York at the age of 
1 6 and moved to Rorida where he 
worked as a fireman. He moved 
Tolhetos Angeles area whereTle" 
remained until 1 965 at whch time 
he moved to the lake area. 

Mandell often told of his earty 
years and the hardships of tfie 
time. On a New York farm, at six 
years of age, he Jed the famn 
animals. HealsotHcathBrfbuiWing 
fires in the school hiouse hieating 
stove for his teacher and other 
students. Mandell was known for 
being a home body. He was, 
however, a member of the 
Southern Baptist Church of Lake 
Isabella. 

He is survived by his wife, 
Melba, of Lake Isabella; son 
Hariand of Westminister, Califor- 
nia; daughter Barbara of Holly- 
wood, Califomia; brother Kenneth 
of North Carolina; sister Irene 
Bennett of New York; and one 
grandson. Dale. 

After spending nearty a century 
among his family emd friends, he 
will be greatly missed by all. 

Private services and interment 
were entaisted to the care of the 
Bonnewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 







u 



Wednesday, April 5, 1995 



Derrall P. Weils 

Funeral services were held on 
Tuesday, April 4, 1995, in the 
Valley Mortuary Chapel for Derrall 
P. Wells, age 81. of Wofford 
Heights. Officiating was Canon 
Winston Jensen of St. Peter's 
Episcopal Church, B.P.O.E. 
#2358 of Wofford Heights and the 
Kemville Lodge #872 F. & A.M. 
Burial followed in the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery, Wofford 
Heights. 

Denall was bom March 18, 
1914 in Lehigh, Oklahoma, and 
moved as a youngster to Sioux 
City, Iowa. There he met his wife, 
Glaytias and they were manied in 
1 934. In 1 945, they moved to Los 
Angeles where Derrall worked as 
a recreation director during the 
day and attended college at night 
to obtain his teaching degree. In 
1954, they moved to Riverkem 
and built and operated a motel. 
He also taught school in Reseda 
and Johnsondale. 

Mr. Wells was active with the 
Whiskey Rat Days and served as 
the Master of Ceremonies for the 
Eariy California Days. He was 
instrumental in starting the Ma- 
sonic Temple and St. Peter^s 
Episcopal Church. 

After retirement in 1 977, Derrall 
purchased a boat and worked as 
a commercial salmon fisherman 
on the coast at Trinidad, Califor- 
nia. He suffered a stroke while 



fishing in 1 985 and passed away 
in a BakersfiekJ hospital on March 
29, 1995. 

Survivors include his wife, 
Glaytias of Wofford Heights; 
daughters Kay Wells and Jerry 
Lou Vance, both of Nevada; sis- 
ter Alice Bess Chiles; brothers 
Oran D. Wells and Harold Wells; 
grandsons Leonard and Mark 
Vance; and three great-grand- 
children. 

Arangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 



Lorin Ann Strain 

Lorin Ann Strain passed away 
in a BakersfiekJ Hospital on March 
25, 1995, following a long illness. 

She was bom on December 
1 0, 1 934, in Lee Vining, Califomia. 
She lived in California all of her 
life. She and her husband moved 
toBodfishin 1983. 

Lorin was a teacher of oil 
painting for the Cerro Coso 
Community College District and 
happily taught many seniors at 
the Community Hall in Lake Isa- 
bella. She k}ved her students and 
was very proud of their accom- 



plishments. She taught there for 
approximately eight years, but 
was forced to resign because of 
her illness. 

Lorin is sun/ived by her hus- 
band of 23 years, Stewart "Bud" 
Strain, of Bodfish. Also two sons 
Mike and Randy Bewley; daugh- 
ter Pam Anderson; three grand- 
children; a brother and a sister. 

Her wish was that no services 
be held. 



Eisa Fisciier 

Elsa Rscher, a German Na- 
tional, born in Sudentland, 
Czechosk)vakia, passed away on 
Monday, April 27. 1995. in 
Gersthofen, Germany. She was 
86 years old. 

She is survived by her daugh- 
ter Elisabeth Maroukas of Wofford 
Heights; daughter Ingrid Dunham 
of Nashville, Tennessee; grand- 
children Greg Maroukas of 
Ventura, Califomia; Karen Moles 
and Wade Dunham of Tennessee; 
great-grandchildren Kevin and 
Correna Maroukas of Ventura. 
There are also cousins, nephews 
and nieces in Czechoslovakia, 
Genmany and Austria. 



Wednesday, April 12, 1995 



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Lois W. Pinckard 

Memorial services for Lois W. 
Pinckard, age 79, of Riverkem, 
were held on Thursday, April 6, 
1 995 at the Elks Lodge in Wofford 
Heights. Lois was bom on June 1 , 
1915 in the San Francisco Bay 
area and died on April 2, 1 995 in 
Ml Mesa. 

A 19-year valley resident, Mrs. 
Pinckard was a member of the 
Ladies of the Elks and everyone 
knew her by the initials L.P. which 
stood for long playing. Before her 
health failed, Lois loved to play 
golf, dance and play poker. 

Survivors include her husband 
of 42 years, Charies E. Pinckard 
of Riverkem; a brother, Wayne 
Reed of Ft. Worth, Texas; a sis- 
ter, Jean Bevil of FL Worth, Texas; 
and a nephew. Gene P. Bevil, 
also of Ft. Worth, Texas. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial 
contributions may be made to the 
Skilled Nursing Center, in care of 
the Kem Valley Hospital, 6412 
Laurel Ave., Lake Isabella, CA 
93240. Mr. Pinckard requests no 
sympathy cards, please. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 



Michael Hans Stites 

Funeral sen/ices for Michael 
Hans Stites, age 48, of Lake Isa- 
bella, were held on Wednesday, 
April 5, 1 995 at 1 1 :00 a.m. at the 
_CtMChJjf Jesus. Christ of LatteL 
Day Saints in Mt. Mesa. Bishop 
Steven Baer officiated and burial 
followed at the Kem River Valley 
Cemetery, Wofford Heights. 

A 16-year valley resident, Mr. 
Stites was bom Decembers, 1 946 
in Lynwood, Califomia and died 
on March 30, 1995 in Mt. Mesa. 
He was a self-empkDyed bartender 
and very involved in the LD.S. 
Church. He was also active with 
the Clan Digger's genealogy group 
family history center, 

Sun/ivors include his daughter, 
Catherine C. Stites of Bodfish; 
brother Terry Haney of Lake Isa- 
bella; brother Randy C. Stites of 
Bodfish; two nieces and a nephew. 
Michael will be greatly missed by 
all his fcimily and friends. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 



Elsa Fischer 

Elsa Fischer, a Genman Na- 
tional, born in Sudentland, 
Czechoslovakia, passed away on 
Monday, March 27, 1995, in 
Gersthofen, Germany. She was 
86 years old. 

She is survived by her daugh- 
ter Elisabeth Maroukas of Wof- 
ford Heights; daughter Ingrid 
Dunham of Nashville, Tennessee; 
grandchildren Greg Maroukas of 
Ventura, Califomia; Karen Moles 
and Wade Dunham of Tennes- 
see; great-grandchildren Kevin 
and Correna Maroukas of 
Ventura. There are also cousins, 
nephews and nieces in Czecho- 
slovakia, Germany and Austria. 



Warren Elbert Read 

Funeral services were held 
Monday, April 10, 1995 at 11:00 
a.m. at Valley Mortuary Chapel 
for Wanren Elbert Read of Lake 
Isabella. Officiating was Pastor 
David Snow of the First Baptist 
Church of Lake Isabella. Interment 
was at Glen Haven Memorial Par1( 
in San Femando, Califomia. 

Mr. Read was bom September 
3, 1909 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho 
and passed away April 5, 1 995 in 
Mt. Mesa, Califomia. He has lived 
in the Kem River Valley for the 
past 15 years, and he toved to 
tinker and was an expert fresh 
water fisherman. He was a me- 
Ucutous craftsman, "and~he1oved 
all his family and was there for 
anyone who needed help. He weis 
a good friend to a]l and a lot of fun. 



He is survived by his wife of 52 
years Ada Read of Lake Isabella; 
sister Sylvia Brecket of Idaho; 
sister Jeri Shields of Ventura, 
California; sister-in-law and 
brother-in-law Col. and Mrs. Elwin 
Vemon of Washington; 13 nieces 
and nephews, 1 7 great-nieces and 
nephews, and 10 great-great- 
nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Fred Joseph 
Broggio 

Funeral services were held 
Friday, April 7, 1 995 at 1 0:00 a.m. 
at the Highland Chapel United 
Methodist Church in Lake Isabella 
for Fred Joseph Broggio. Offici- 
ating was Pastor Floyd Castillo. 

Mr. Broggio w£is bom June 1 8, 
1925 in Bronx, New Yori<k and 
passed away April 4, 1995 in Mt. 
Mesa, Califomia. He was 69 years 
of age. He had been a resident of 
Lake Isabella for the past five 
years and was a retired iron 
wori<er. 

He is sun/ived by his beloved 
wife of six years, Micki Broggio; 
daughter Laura Calustri of Agura, 
Califomia; daughter Dianne Hoey 
of Palmdale, California; son Jo- 
seph Broggio of Reseda, Califor- 
nia; son Rev. Scott Moss of Indi- 
ana; five greindchildren; auid his 
' brother Frank Broggio of New 
Yorit. 

Anangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Wednesday. April 19. 1995 



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Garland Edward 
Rice 

Garland Edward Rice, age 81 , 
of Chico, passed away on ^ril 9, 
1 995 at Beverly Manor. Memorial 
services were held for him on 
Thursday, April 1 3, 1 995, at Bnisie 
Funeral Home of Chico, Califor- 
nia. Inurnment followed at Glen 
Oaks Memorial Pari<. 

He was bom on Novemt^er 1 6, 
191 3 to p arents Henry and Sarah 
Rice, in Las Animas, Colorado, 
where he received his education 
through high school. Garland 
served in the Navy aboard the 
USS Califomia. 

In 1948, he manied Winola 
Chauffe in Las Vegas, Nevada. 
Gartand was employed by the 
U.S. Civil Sen«»for 37 yisarsr^A- 
40-year member of the Elks 
Lodge, he was a Past Exhatted 
Ruler and Past DDGER for the 
(sarden Grove Lodge. 

Survivors include: His wife 
Winola of Chico, Califomia; son 
Dan Rice, also of Chkx); sister 
Cora Baldwin of Lake Isabella; 
sister Hazel Martin of Las Animas, 
Cotorado; and three graiKichil- 
dren. 

In lieu of flowers, donatk)ns 
should be made to thie American 
Cancer Society. 

Arrangements by Brusie Fu- 
neral Home. 



Joy Castro 

Joy Castro, age 64, of Wofford 
Heights died on April 8, 1995, in 
Thousand Oaks, Califomia. 

She was bom August 30, 1 930 



in Provo, Utah. Joy retired to 
Wofford Heights in 1982 after 20 
years at the Daily News in the San 
Fernando Valley. 

She is survived by her husband 
of 50 years, Anthony W. Castro, 
Sr.; son Anthony, Jr. and his wife 
Janet; son George and his wife 
Linda; six grandchildren; four 
great-grandchildren; her motfier, 
sister Kathy; and two brothers. 

Joy was an avkJ golfer who 
served as President of the Kern 
Valley Women's Golf Club for two 
consecutive terms. 

Memorial sen/ices were hekj 
on April 1 3, 1 995 atthe Rret Baptist 
Church in Newbury Parte 

She was loved and will be 
missed by all vi^o knew her. 



Aliene Mildred 
Allard 

Aliene Allard, age 70, passed 
away on April 14, 1995 in Ml 
Mesa, California. She had been a 
reskJent of Lake Isabella for 18 
years. 

- She was bom in Wisconsin on 
April 7, 1925. 

Aliene is survived by her hus- 
band, Edward, of Lake Isabella; 
son Mike Nelson of Mfchlgan; 
daughter Jackie Vogel of Wood- 
land Hills, Califomia; brother 
Daniel Blitz of Wisconsin; and five 
grandchildren. She will be greatly 
missed by her family and a host of 
friends. 

Services and intenment are 
private. 

Anangements were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonnewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



James Emmette 
Scott 

Funeral servrces were held 
Friday, April 1 4, 1 995, at 2 p.m. at 
Valley Mortuary Chapel for James 
Emmette Scott Offfciating was 
Pastor Deryl Lackey of Ml View 
Southem Eiaptist Church of Lake 
Isabella. Intement followed at 
Kem River Valley Cemetery in 
Wofford Heights. 

Mr. Scott was bom in Cuba, 
Missouri on October 31 , 1 927 and 
passed away at his home on April 
11,1 995. He has been a resident 
of the Kem River Valley for 23 
years. He owned and operated 
the Kem River Distributors from 
1974. 

He is survived by his compan- 
ton Jackie Anderson; his son and 
daughter-in-law Jack and Jennifer 
Scott of BakersfieW; daughterand 
son-in-law Michelle and Craig 
McEtfresh of Ctovis, Califomia; 
daughter and son-in-law Anne and 
Doug Bunnell of Petalunna, Cali- 
fomia; sister and brother-in-law 
Roberta and John Mason; and six 
grandchikjren. 

An^ngements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



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Wednesday, April 26, 1995 



Kenneth Eugene 
Ingle, Sr. 



Kenneth Eugene Ingle, Sr., age 
60, from Lake Isabella, passed 
away in San Fernando on April 
20, 1995. 

Ken was bom in Hominy, 
Oklahoma, on May 12, 1934. He 
lived most of his life in the 
Buttonwillow and Bakersfield 
area. He had moved to the Kem 
River Valley nine years ago. 

He is survived by sister Frankie 



Marsh of Minors Oaks; sisterMary 
Burton of Clear Lake; sister Ber- 
tha Hooverof Hominy, Oklahoma; 
brother Cart Ingle of Bakersfield; 
four sons, Dan of Palmdale; Doug 
of Tehachapi; Kenneth, Jr. of Lake 
Isabella; and Curtis of Wofford 
Heights; two daughters Denise 
Ward of Hayden, Idaho, and 
Brenda Hutchings of Trinidad, 
Cotorado; and several grandchil- 
dren, nieces and nephews. 

Graveside sen«»s will be heW 
Friday. April 28. 1995. at West 
Skie Cemetery in Tafl, Califomia. 



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Wednesday, May 3, 1995 



Sybil Roberta 
Cariker 

Sybil Roberta Cariker passed 
away April 23, 1995 in Lake Isa- 
bella, California. She was bom 
Februaiy 11, 1919 in Young 
County, Texas. She was 76 years 
old. 

She has been a resident of the 
Kern River Valley for 30 years 
and belonged to the Grandmoth- 
ers Club, Shin Chapter of Eastem 
Star and the Hospital Auxiliary. 

Sybil is survived by her 
daughter Carol Bergen of Mission 
Viejo, California; three grandchil- 
dren and five great-grandchildren. 

She will be missed by all who~" 
knew her. 

A memorial service will be held 
at the Rrst Baptist Church in Lake 
Isabella on May 20, 1995, at 2 
p.m. Pastor David Snow will offi- 
ciate. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



In Loving l\/lemory 
of Ginny Ledbetter 

When I think of you, I think of 
our friendship from beginning to 
the end, bonding as friends. When 

I think of our long talks quiet 
moments, the secrets we shared, 

I think of love and friendship, 
knowing how rriuch we cared 
When 1 think of you, I think ot 

strength and courage, the laugh- 
ter. Then I get lonely and feel so 

^°When 1 think of you. i have 
beautiful memories and here is 
the best part, deep in my heart! 

know you are thinking of me, too. 
when T thimarfTn^ HW ^•'I'T. 
dav in heaven, Ginny, my dearest 
friend.rilbethinkingofyou always, 

from beginning to the end 

We love U, Miss u 
' Marty and Ed Alcom 



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Richard "Dick" 
Gledhiii 

Rictiard "Dick" Gledhiii died in 
Santa Barbara, California, on April 
18, 1995. He was bom in Van 
Nuys, California in 1927. His 
parents were early ranchers in 
Van Nuys t)eginning in 1908. A 
school and street were named for 
the Gledhiii family. 

He served in the U.S. Navy 
and was stationed on Guam. He 
was in the first graduating class of 
Pierce College after WWII. Dick 
was in the wholesale and retail 
paint business since 1950. Mov- 
ing to Santa Barbara in 1959, he 
was active in the standards of 
maintaining strict Santa Barbara 
Restoration and color design. He 
was a consultant on wood main- 
tenance at Hearst Castle in the 
70's and did early planning of 
Historic "Old Town" Santa Bar- 
bara. 

Dick is survived by his wife of 
45 years. Jo of Wofford Heights; 
son Scott (Darcie) Gledhiii of 
Santa Barbara; daughter Sheri 
(Steve) Muir of Forestville. Cali- 
fornia; daughter Stacy (Todd) 
Emery of Kent, Washington; and 
daughter Shelley (Tim) Moore of 
Santa Barbara. There are seven 
grandchildren. He was preceded 
in death by his parents; an iden- 
tical twin brother Donald; sister 
Wanda Ketchum; and oldest 
brother Bill. He is survived by his 
sister Margaret Barmum of 
Phoenix. Arizona; and brother 
Gene Gledhiii of Mississippi; and 
many nieces and nephews. 

The beauty and friendliness of 
the Kem River Valley has brought 
him much joy. Exploring the his- 
toric areas here have continued 
to bring him great pleasure. His 
retirement was the chance to ex- 
plore and see much of great 
beauty in the U.S. The Southwest 
Indian Country was of particular 
interest. Their last trip was a visit 
to the floor of the Grand Canyon in 
an Eldertiostel program. 

At his request, no sen/ice will 
he held. Donations may be sent to 
the American Heart Association, 
212 West Rgueroa Street, Santa 
Barbara, California 93103 or the 
Kem River Valley Historical So- 
ciety. 



jyEDNESDAY. Mav ^ J 995 



Cecilia Mary 
Artman 

Private arrangements were 
made for Cecilia Mary Artman 
who passed away April 26, 1 995, 
in Mt. Mesa. Cecilia was bom 
November 22, 1922 in Wyoming 
and has been a resident of the 
Kem River Valley for 32 years 
and worked for Nelda's Restau- 
rant, Dam Komer and the Spot 
Cafe. She also was a member of 
the Dam Dancers for many years. 

She is survived by her husband 
of 31 years George Artman; her 
sons Robert Marcoes of Florida 
and Michael Misbrener of San 
Diego; step-daughter Connie 
Romer of Fontana, California; six 
grandchildren and sister Tillie 
Myers of Mar Vista, California. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Howard M. Jensen 

Private arrangements were 
made for Howard M. Jensen who 
passed away April 26, 1995. Mr. 
Jensen was bom January 20, 
1910 in Pennsylvania, and has 
been a resident of the Kem River 
Valley for six years. 

He was preceded in death by 
hi«-w4fe Jayn© Jensen- He is- 
sun/ived by his daughter Marilyn 
Franklin of Weldon; and three 
grandchildren Don McKissick Jr. 
of Glendora, California; Debbie 
Walker of Weldon; Michael 
McKissick of Southlake; and six 
great-grandchildren. He will be 
greatly missed by all his family 
and friends. 

Anangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Jack W. l\/lcKean, Jr. 

Private services were held in 
Santa Maria for Jack W. McKean, 
Jr., 50 years old. He was bom on 
October 30, 1944 in Corpus 
Christi, Texas. He died on April 
18, 1995, after a brief illness. 

Mr. McKean has been a Cali- 
fornia resident since 1959 
graduating from Lompoc High 
School and Califomia State Uni- 
versity in Long Beach. He was a 
state licensed sun/eyor and pro- 
fessional engineer. 

He wori<ed for the City of Long 
Beach for 25 years. For the past 
18 months he was the owner of 
Golden Sight Land Systems in 
Santa Maria. 

Survivors include his wife, Mary 
M. McKean; his father Jack W. 
McKean, Sr.; his brother Jim 
McKean of Santa Monica; his 
mother Kathy Chappell of Weldon; 
a sister Rebecca Winson of New 
Yori< City; three nephews and one 
niece. 

A celebration of Jack's life was 
held with friends arvj co-woricers 
from Long Beach and family. 
Jack's paintings filled the large 
clubhouse. Personal writings of 
Jack and his poems were read by 
family members, as classical 
music was played from his music 
collection. 

Many people stood and told 
what Jack had meant to them 
along with some very humorous 
things Jack did. His remains were 
scattered in the ocean according 
to his wishes. 



Wednesday. May 10, 1995 



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Elster"AI" 
Blankenship 

Elster "Al" Blankenship, age 

68, went to be with the Lod on 

April 28, 1995. 

He leaves b)e- 

hind his loving 

wife of eleven 

years, Yvonne 

of Wofford 

Heights; 

brother Oliver 

of Pideville, 

Kentucky; 

brother Shirl of 

Anaheim, California; brother Ottis 

of Paintsville, Kentucky; sister 

Mabel Blackburn of Pikeville, 

Kentucky; daughter Linda and 

husband Ken Gaynor; daughter 

Deborah and husband Bill Stovall; 

daughter Glennis and husband 
Jeny Spear; his son Michael and 
wife Holly Blankenship; step- 
children Chantel Virlet, John 
Tomcic, Richard Tomcic, 
Kathleen Garuti and Nadia 
Momiann; and a host of grand- 
children. 

Elster was bom in Coal Run, 
Pike County, Kentucky to Alex 
Blankenship and Dollie McGuire 
on Mav 7, 1926. He sen/ed with 
the U.S. Navy Seabees in 1943, 
and retired in 1968 at CBN Port 
Hueneme. He was a veteran of 
the World War II. Korean and 
Vietnam wars. He also received 
numerous medals and ribbons. 
He worked and retired from 
Camarillo State Hospital as a 
welder and chief steward for the 
State Employees Association. He 
was a member of the Reet Re- 
serve Associatron. Veterans of 
Foreign Wars, Shriners Club and 
the Elks. 

Memorial services will be held 
at the VFW in Lake Isabella on 
Tuesday, May 2. 1 995 at 1 a.m. 
Ashes will be scattered at sea. 
Directed by Mish Funeral Home. 



Anna Gertrude 
Sumrall 

Servfces were hekl on Tues- 
day. May 2, 1 995. at Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home in the Rose Chapel, 
at 10:00 a.m. for Anna Gertrude 
Sumrall. age 71. Pastor Ftoyd 
Castillo of the Highland Chapel 
United Methodist Church. She 
passed away in her sleep at her 
home in Boofish. 

Anna was bom in Denver, 
Cok>rado, on January 28, 1924. 
AsachIM, she rrwved to Sumrall, _ 
Mississippi, where she fived and 
met her husband, Ben Sumrall. 
They were married in 1941, the 
town of Sumrall was named after 
Ben's great-grandfather. 

Along with her husband, she 
moved to Santa Barbara in 1 983. 
After her children were grown, 
she attended college and got her 
RN degree in nursing. She worked 
at three hospitals. First, at Forest 
General Hospital in Hattisburg. 
Mississippi. Then, at Cottage 
Hospital in Santa Bartjara. And 
finally, she moved to Bakersfield 
where- she worked at the 
Bakersfield Memorial Hospital. 
She moved to Bodfish in 1989. 
Before becoming a nurse, she 
worked as a seamstress to help 
her children to go to college. 

One of the lasting memories of 
Anna was her willingness to help 
people as they retumed home 
from the hospital. 

Anna toved ftowers and was a 
top-notch gardener. She also had 
very strong politkal ties and if you 
knew her you would know what 
party she belonged to. 

She is survived by herhusband 
Ben; son Ben Jr.; a daughter 
Lynda Courtney; a granddaugh- 
ter Shawn; four brothers and three 

' Arrangements were ehtniStBir 
to the Bonnewell family and the 
staff of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



_Wednesda\ 



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Harold Stanley 
Barnes 

Graveside services were held 
Saturday, May 6, 1995 at 11:00 
a.m. at Kern Valley Cemetery for 
Harold Stanley Barnes, age 87 
who passed away May 2, 1 995 iri 
Bakersfield. Harold was bom in 
Trout River, Newfoundland. After 
spending years in Western New 
York and Long Beach, California, 
ne moved to Kemviiie in 1952 
where he operated the Kemviiie 
Hardware, worked at the Rsh 
Hatchery, then tjecame partners 
in Bames Sporting Goods Store 
with his son, Wayne. As a child in 
Newfoundland, he worked on 
tobster fishing boats and contin- 
ued to enjoy hunting and fishing 
throughout the rest of his life. 

HaroW is preceded in death by 
his wife. Gladys Bames and 
grandson Bobby Bames. He is 
sun/ived by son Ralph and his 
wife Jean; son Wayne and his 
wife Ann; and daughter Lois and 
her husband Bob Crowder; 1 
brother, Tom Bames; 10 grand- 
chiWren and 24 great-grandchil- 
dren. 

The family wishes to thank 
everyone for their kind support 
and prayers and we know that he 
will be missed deeply by all. 



Dorothea 
Esther May 

Graveside funeral services 
were heW at the Kem River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights on 
Friday, April 28. 1995. at 1:00 
p.m. with Pastor Royd Castillo of 
the Highland Chapel United 
Methodist Church officiating for 
Dorothea E. May. age 76. She 
passed away at the kx:al hospital 
on Wednesday moming, April 26, 
1995. 

Dorothea was bom in Redding, 
Califomia on September 1 7, 1 91 8. 
As an infant, she moved with her 
familly to Santa Cruz where she 
received hereducation. Following 
graduation from high school she 
moved to the Los Angeles area 
and then for a short time she lived 
in Idaho and then retumed to Los 
Angeles. 

Following her retirement from 
Excello Plating, she moved to the 
lake area and had resided here 
for the past 15 vears. Dorothea 
devoted her rrfe to raJsingtier am- 
Ronald and will t»e greatfy missed 
by her family and friends. Besides 
her son Ronald Freeman of 
Bodfish. she is survived by one 
sister Frieda Solomon of Bodfish 
and by many friends. 

The services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonnewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



William Scott 
Mullen 

William Scott Mullen, age 33, 
was killed in a car accident 
Wednesday evening returning 
home from Bakersfield. 

Scott will be remembered for 
his seemingly endless supply of 
generous and helpful gestures. 
His sunny and animated person- 
ality will be immensely missed. 

He is survived by his wife 
Jeannie and five children, Tesha, 
Rachel, Sheena, Jacob and 
Ashley; his parents Bill and Nova 
(Joyce); and his brother Terry. 

Arrangements by the 
Bonnewell family of Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home. 
Dear Daddy, 

I love you. I sure miss you. I 
hope and I'll pray that you go to 
heaven. Momlovesyou. Sheened 
a lot. I wish that you were alive. I 
want you to know I love you. Mom 
said you did not desen/e what you 
got. Rememl3er we love you and 

Ashley cfid not take it hard. As we 
did. Love you. Daddy. 

Love, Sheena, Jacob, Ashley 
and Mom 



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Wednesday, May 17. 1995 



Frederic Jacob 
Funkhouser 

Frederic Jacob Funkhouser 
was bom on October 13, 1911 in 
Archbold, Ohio to parents John 
and Margaret Rice Fankhauser. 
fThe two variations of the spelling 
of the family name are correct. 
Some members were incorrectly 
named Funkhouser by the old 
family doctor and they kept this 
sjsemng: omers-gcrtjy tneiartfy 
spelling of Fankhauser.) As a 
young man he worked on the 
family farm, soon taking a job at a 
local ladder factory. He was 
married to Edith Shaferfrom 1 941 
to 1957. Shortly after their mar- 
riage, the newlyweds moved to 
California where Fritz worked as 
an aircraft mechanic during Worid 
War II. After the war, he began 
working for Hunter-Douglas, 
staying with the company when it 
became Bridgeport Brass and fi- 
nally Alcan Aluminum. Fritz retired 
in 1976, remaining in Riverside, 
California, until moving to 
Ridgecrest in 1994. Following a 
lengthy illness, he passed away 
quietly on the morning of May 7, 
1 995 at the Beverty Manor Health 
Care Center in Ridgecrest, Caii- 
fomia. 

He was preceded in death by 



his parents; a brother, Marion 
Funkhouser; and sisters, Idella 
Mandly and Ruth Bundy. He is 
survived by sister Mae Miller of 
n^^rctiUoW, Ohio; son Rick 
Fankhauser and his wife, Maria, 
and their daughters Beth, 
Stephanie, Jennifer, and Amber 
of Lake Isabella, California; son 
Larry Fankhauser and his wife, 
Eva, and their sons Glenn and 
Jeff of Bakersfield, Califomia; and 
eight nieces and nephews. 

Services will be held at 1 1 :00 
a.m. on Saturday. May 20, 1995 
at Highland Chapel United Meth- 
odist Church, 5301 Lake Isabella 
Blvd., Lake Isabella, with Pastor 
Ftoyd Castillo officiating. Interment 
will! follow at Kem River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights with 
arrangements by Ridgecrest 
Mortuary. In lieu of flowers, the 
family asks that donations be 
made to the building fund of the 
Highland Chapel United Methodist 
Church, 5301 Lake Isabella, t^ke 
Isabella, CA 93240. 



Donald E. 
Poindexter 

Graveside services for Donald 
E. Poindexter, age 76, were held 
on Thursday, May 1 1 , 1 995 at the 
Kem River Valley Cemetery in 
Wofford Heights with Pastor John 
Carpenter of the Kemville United 
Methodist Church officiating. 

A 19-year area resident, Mr. 
Poindexter was bom June 19, 
1918 in Bloomington, Illinois and 
passed away at his Kemville home 
on May 5, 1 995. He was a disabled 
veteran of Worid War II having 
received his injuries during sen/ice 
with the Army in the Battle for 
Corregidor, the Phillipines. 

Survivors include his brother 
Edwin C. Poindexter of Saiton 
Sea Beach, Califomia; and his 
sister Anna Lee Bussard of 
Lakeport, Califomia. 



Wednesday, May 17, 1995 






John Burlando 

Memorial graveside services 
were ^mcijcted on Wednesday, 
May-1^5w5-at- ^^^ p.m. irtlte 
old pioneer section of the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery, Wofford 
Heights, for John Royd Burlando, 
age 80, of Kemville. Officiating 
was Pastor John Carpenter of the 
Kernville United Methodist 
Church. The eulogy was given by 
John McNally. John Burlando 
passed away on Saturday, May 
6, 1 995 in the Kem Valley Hospital, 
Mt. Mesa. 

He was preceded in death by 
his wife, Chris Smith Burlando; a 
sister, Betsy Burlando Esponda; 
and a brother, Claude Earl 
Burlando. He is survived by his 
brother. Bill Burlando; nephews, 
Claude Esponda and Matt 
Burlando; nieces, Kathy Burlando 
Wilson and Karen Burlando 
Woods; eight grand nephews, 
three grand nieces, two great- 
grand nephews and three great- 
grand nieces. 

John was a pioneer bom at 
Fairview on the Kem River in 
Tulare County on July 16, 1914. 
His father, Matt Burlando, was an 
Italian immigrant and his mother 

was Lupe Apalatea, a locaJ girl 
whose family can trace their roots 
back to the original Spanish set- 
tlers and native American Indians; 
■ of TheKenTRiver-Valley: Aflhe^ 
time of John's birth. Matt and Lupe 
operated a pack station and 
boarding house, servicing the 
Edison Company construction 
workers bringing water and power 
to the San Joaquin Valley. 

As a young cowboy, John op- 
erated the Buriando Ranch lo- 
cated on what is now the townsite 
of modem Kemville. He mam'ed 
Chris Smith in 1 947 and they later 
opened and operated the first 
nursery in the Kem River Valley. 
John is loved and will be missed 
by his family and many friends. 

Memorial donations may be 
made in John's memory to the 
American Lung Association. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary of Lake Isabella. 



Maxine Rosalie 
Hughes 

_ iPrivate ar-rangements were 
mlste- for MaxkwResalieHughes 
who passed away on May 9, 1 995 
in Lake Isabella. She was bom 
April 16, 1911 in Nebraska and 
lived in the Kem River Valley for 
29 years. 

Maxine was a member of the 
Bodfish Beamers and Mountain 
Air C.B. Club and Kem River 
Valley Side Band C.B. Club and 
the Ladies Auxiliary of F.O.E. Aerie 
#3156. 

She is survived by her daugh- 
ter Jean Ostemnire of San Carios, 
Califomia and her sister Babe 
Folden of Lincoln. Nebraska. She 
will be missed by all who knew 
her. 

An-angements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 

Alena Maryann Farr 

Funeral services were held 
Wednesday, May 1 0, 1 995 at3:00 
p.m. at Valley Mortuary Chapel 
for Alena Maryann Farr. Officiat- 
ing was Pastor Randy Gallemore 
of the Lighthouse Pentecostal 
Church in Lake Isabella. Interment 
was Friday, May 12, 1995 at 1 :00 
p.m. in Rose Hills Memorial Park 
in Whittier, Califomia. 

Mrs. Farr was bom April 21, 
1 909 in Garian County, Arkansas 
and passed away on May 7, 1 995 
in Bakersfield, Califomia. Sfie has 
lived in Califomia for the past 60 
years and in Bodfish for 3 years. 
She worked for StarKlst Tuna Co. 
for 20 years. She is a member of 
the Lighthouse Pentecostal 
Church. 

She is survived by brother and 



sister-Tn-law Clyde and Virginia^ 
Kelley of Kemville; brother and 
sister-in-law Roy and Orleena 
Kelley ot Caia niasa,: Galifomia; 
sister DaisT^Jflis of Bodfish; arid 
many nephews and nieces and 
great nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 






Johann Kay Werner 

Private inurnment was held at 
Union Cemetery in Bakersfield 
with private intemient to follow for 
longtime area resident, Johann 
Kay Werner, age 75. He passed 
away in a B akersfield ho sptial on 
Monday, May 15, 1995. He was 
bom in Germany on October 3, 
1919, where he spent his early 
years. 

At the age of 15, he moved to 
the Orient and lived there until he 
was 21 . He came to the United 
States in 1 940, settling in the San 
Pedro and Los Angeles. Johann 
entered the United States Army 
Airforce in 1942 and served until 
1945. 

He and Monica Heymann were 
manied in 1 946 and together they 
made their home in the San 
Fernando Valley area of Los An- 
geles. In 1966, Johann moved to 
KGmville and in 1967 he opened 
Kemville TV, which he operated 
until his retirement in 1980. He 
loved the out of doors and was 
especially fond of horses and 
donkeys. 

Johann is survived by his lov- 
ing wife Monica of Kemville; by 
one son Tom Werner of Reno, 
Nevada; one daughter Victoria 
Lee of Kemville; by four grand- 
children and many friends. 

Services were entnjsted to the 
care of the Bonnewell family of 
the Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 

Sidney Alfred Hatch 

Memorial servk:es were held 
for SWney Alfred Hatch, age 64, 
in the Rose Chapel of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home on 
Thursday, May 1 8, 1 995 at 1 0:00 
a.m. with Reverend Deryl Lackey, 
pastor of the ML View Southern 
Baptist Church officiating. He 
'passed away in a Bakersfield 
hospital on Friday evening, May 
12. 1995. 

Sidney was bom in Winnipeg, 
Manitoba, Canada on November 
28, 1930. He received his edu- 
catkxi and spent his eariy life there 
and in 1 957 moved with his family 
to the Inglewood, California, area. 
He then moved to Columbia 
Heights for a short time before 
returning to Southem California 



Wednesday, May 24, 1995 



settling in Hawthome. 

He came to the lake area in 
1977 where he purchased the 
Paradise Mobile Home Estates. 
He expanded the mobile home 
estates several times over the 
years to bring it to the size it is 
today. Sidney was a member of 
the Kern River Valley Elks Lodge 
#2358 and the Loyal Order of 
Moose, Lake Isabella Lodge #498. 
He loved gardening and had a 
special hobby of raising orchids. 

Sidney is survived by his loving 
wife Maiy of Lake Isabella; one 
son Glenn Hatch of North Holly- 
wood; one daughter Linda Pope 
of Ladera Heights; one brother 
Cliff Hatch of Canada; one sister 
Audrey Peters of Weldon; four 
grandchildren, several nieces and 
nephews and many friends. 

Private inurnment was hekl wHh 
intennent at the Kern River Valley 

Cemetery in Wofford Heights. The 
services were entmsted to the 
care of the Bonnewell family of 
the Lake lsat>ella Funeral Home. 

William Baxter 
Mobley 

William Baxter Mobley. age 88. 
from Lake Isabella, passed away 
at the Kem Valley Hospital - Skilled 
Nursing Wing on April 13, 1995. 
He had been a resident of the 
Skilled Nursing Center for ap- 
proximately three years. 

Bill was bom in Oklahoma on 
March 4, 1907. He came to Cali- 
fornia in the mid-20's and retired 
in ttie Kem Valley during the late 
1960's. 

He was preceded in death by 
his k}ving wife Opal Love Partes. 

Bill was cremated arKJ laid to 
rest alongside his wife at the Kem 
River Valley Cemetery. 



Wednesday, May 24, 1995 



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Margaret A. 
Jackson 

Graveside services for Marg- 
aret Adalaide Jackson, age 88, of 
Lake Isabella, were held on Fri- 
day, May 1 9, 1 995, at 1 1 :00 a.m. 
in the Kern RiverValley Cemetery, 
Wofford Heights. Offidating was 
Pastor David Snow of the First 
Baptist Church of Lake Isabella. 
A 51 -year county resident, Mrs. 
Jackson was torn September 23, 
1906 in Canyon City, Colorado 
and passed quietly from this life 
on May 16, 1995. 

Margaret was preceded in 
death by her son. Merle Jackson, 
of Cotorado. She is survived by 
her son and daughter-in-law, 
Roger and Cathy Jackson of Lake 
Isabella; son Norbert Jackson, of 
Colorado; daughters Georgia 
Pollock of San Jose, Ethel 
Huffman of Yuba City, Charlene 
Richardson of Cerres, June Aus- 
tin of Capistrano Beach, Margie 
Maples of San Marcos, Marlee 
Milam of Long Beach; many 
grandchildren and nine great- 
grandchildren. 

Sen/ices arranged by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 

Charles B. 
"Charlie" Straight 

Private inurnment was held at 
Union Cemetery in Bakersfield 
with private interment to follow for 
Mr. Charles Berger Straight, age 
73. He passed away at his resi- 
dence in Weldon on Friday 
evening, May 12, 1995. 

He was bom in Iowa on Octo- 
ber 1 5, 1 92 1 . Charlie received his 
education and spent his early 
years there. As a young man, he 
worked as a farmer. He was a 
World War II veteran having 



served in the U.S. Navy. In 1957, 
he moved to Norwalk and lived 
there and in Simi Valley where he 
was employed as a truck driver 
hauling cars and freight. In 1980, 
he came to the lake area settling 
in Weldon. He was a member of 
the Uke Isabella Post #7665 of 
the Veterans of Foreign Wars. 
Charlie loved to frequent swap 
meets and was a collector of many 
items. He was a devoted and 
loving father. 

Charlie was preceded in death 
by his brother Richard. He is 
survived by his daughter Barbara 
Norris of Sacramento; son Charles 
Straight of Simi Valley and 
Weldon; son Gregory Straight of 
Simi Valley; son Kent Straight of 
North Hills; sister Liia Mahn; 
brother Harvey Straight of Tulsa, 
Oklahoma; brother Uoyd Straight 
of Iowa; and brother Leo Straight 
of California. He is also sun/ived 
by eight grandchildren, several 
nieces and nephews and many 
friends. 

The services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonnewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 

Norman Craig 
Barton 

On April 28, 1995, Norman 
Craig Barton passed on with his 
famify at his bedside. Bom in Loui- 
siana, he came to California in 
1946, enlisted in the Navy for 
WWII, and was recsilled for Korea. 

Later he met and mamed his 
wife of 48 years Ginny. He made 
engineer in the LA. County Rre 
Dept., did hardwood floors, and 
put himself throught college while 
he made his way up to Vice-Presi- 
dent of Engineering at Sweat and 
Crawford Insurance (Trans- 
america). They have two children, 



Donna and Craig; a grandson 
Matthew. They retired to this area 
seven years ago after being 
weekenders since 1962. 

He is also survived by his sis- 
ters Betty Dawson, Marolyn 
Pemberton, Carolyn Johnson, 
Gloria Bamett; sisters-in-law Jean 
Barton, Mary L Boland, Mema R. 
Maxwell; brothers-in-law Johnny 
Peterkin and Mike Elefante. 

Betty T. Glosser 

Memorial sendees for Betty T. 
Glosser, age 69, of Bodfish, were 
held on Saturday, May 20, 1995 
at 1:00 p.m. in the Valley Mortu- 
ary Chapel with Reverend Marvin 
Moon of Shepherd of the Hills 
Lutheran Church officiating. 

A 9-year Kem River Valley 
resident, Mrs. Glosser was bom 
January 5, 1926 in Decatur, Illi- 
nois, and entered into rest on May 
1 5, 1 995. A homemaker, she was 
a member of the Ladies of the 
Moose £uid loved the outdoors 
and fishing. She also really en- 
joyed people. 

Survivors include her husband, 
Robert W. Glosser, of Bodfish; a 
son, Thomas Glosser, of Whittien 
a daughter, Trudy Womack, of 
Fontana; and three grandsons. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
may be made in her memory to 
the American Lung Association, 
306 Chester Ave.. Bakersfield, 
CA 93301. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella 



May 31, 1995 



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Mollie Belle Clark 

Private services were held for 
Mollie Belle Clark. She passed 
away in Bakersfield on May 20. 
Mollie was bom on July 24. 1 900. 
She was 94 at her passing. She 
was l)om in Lake Charles, Loui- 
siana. . , .„ 
Mollie was the youngest of six 
children, all of which were or- 
phaned and each adopted by 
different families. Mollie was the 
youngest of the six. She was only 
nine months old when she was 
adopted. . ,. 

Mollie learned of her adoption 
and that she had five brothers and 
sisters when she was 29 years 
old. Even though they were 
adopted separately, they all got 
toqetheT after' learning of their 
plight. The get^ogether was 
sponsored by the Bell Telephone 
Company. ^ . .^ 

' Immediately upon her being 
adopted her new family moved to 
Sawtelle, California. At the age of 
four she moved to Gold Hill, Or- 
egon where she lived until she 
met and married Frank B. Claric 
Together they moved to Oakland 
in 1921 and remained there until 
1 945 at which time she moved to 
Merced, California where she and 
her husband opened a record 
store called "Record Rendez- 
vous'. Mollie wrote poetry and 
lyrics to which her husband put 
music to. In 1948 she moved back 
to the Los Angelesareaandfinalty 
moving to the Onyx area in 1 988. 
She is survived by two sons, 
David of Sacramento, Ca. and 
Robert of Stanton. Ca; a daughter 
Martha Petersen of Onyx. Ca; 9 
grandchildren and 10 great 
grandchildren, and a host of 
friends. Mollie was a real home- 
body and her family and friends 
will greatly miss her. 

Arrangements were entaisted 
to the Bonnewell family of the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Charles L "Buster" 
Clifton 

Private services were held tor 
■Buster' Clifton who passed away 
on May 24 with his family by his 

sids 

Buster was bom on Januaiy 
12 i914inCheyenne.Oklahioma. 
He moved to Bakersfield in the 
mid 1 930's where he owned and 
operatedhisown mechanic's shop 
in Lamont In 1968 he rnoved to 
the Weldon area where he baled 
hay Many of the ranchers in the 
valley called on him to fix their hay 
balers when they would break 
down. He was always ready and 
willing to help them fix their hay 

balers 

Buster is survived by his wife, 
Louise Jvl. -Clifton ol Weldon; 
brother Fred Cfiflon of Needles 
California; sister Uvola Stock ot 
Bakersfield; son Kenneth Butch 
Clifton and wife of Weldon; son 
Jack L. Clifton and wife of 
Bakersfield; sixgrandsoris, seven 
qreat-grandchildren and several 
nieces and nephews and many 

"^Buster will be greatly missed 
by all who loved and knew him. 
Buster lived a full and great life 
and always had a stoiy or two to 
tell Stories that his family and 
friends will never forget. 

Arrangements were entnjsted 
to the Bonnewell family of the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



KemvilleUnitedMethodistChurch 
for Margaret Bina Fuller. Officiat- 
ingwas Pastor John Carpenter. 
Mrs Fuller was bom in Venice, 
California on June 6. 1919. and 
passed away May 20. 1995. in ML 
Mesa, California. She has been a 
resident of the Kem River Valley 
for 1 1 years. She is sun/iyed by 
her husband of 50 years, Hugh of 
Wofford Heights; herdaughterand 
son-in-law Elizabeth and Kenny 
Buttrey of Acton, California and 
Chris and Michael Stettner of El 
Dorado Hills. California; grand- 
daughters Cathrine and Katetynn 
But^ey. and grandson Matthew 

* Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Margaret Bina 

Memorial services were heW 
Wednesday. May 24, 1 995. atttie 



Vivian Seay Smith 

Private an-angements were 
made for Vivian Seay Smith who 
passed away May 25, 1 995. in ML 
Mesa, California. 

She was bom in Indian Tem- 
tory. Oklahoma on February 22. 
1 905. She has been a resident of 
the Kern Rwer Valley for 1 2 years 
and has lived at the nursing cen- 
ter in Mt Mesa for the past 3 years. 
She was a member of the Eagles 
Lodge. She is sun/ived by her 
daughterPatPhillipsofSouthlake; 

daughter Dorothy Crowell and 
David Sanchez of Weldon; son 
and daughter-in-law Jim and 
Sharon Sennet of Uguna Beadi, 
Ca- 10 grandchildren, 18 great- 
grandchildren, and 3 great-great- 
arandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Joseph Charles 
DeMaio 

Joseph Charles DeMaio was 
born on December 23, 1919 in 
Springfield, Massachusetts. He en- 
tered into rest on May 31, 1995 in 
Mt. Mesa at the age of 75. Both of 
his parents were born in Italy and 
came to the U.S.A. before Joseph 
was born. 

Joseph moved from Massachu- 
setts in the late 60's to reside in Las 
Vegas, Nevada. Later he made his 
move to California settling in the 
Hawthorne area. He also lived in 
the Ridgecresf area for several years 
before moving to the lake area dur- 
ing the 70's. Joe was an avid 
baseball fan as well as having a 
great love for children. He spent 
many hours making children happy. 
He had a part in establishing the 

Alano Club and held offices suchas" 
treasurer, etc. 

Nothing pleased Joe more then 
hopping on his hog and heading out 
on a challenging bike ride with the 
Modified Motorcycle Association. 
Just last year he made a trip to 

I rJ Unh l in Npy^^ria anH hafH :,n on- 

joyable trip. Joe loved his biker 
friends and considered each of them 
his family. It was said of Joe that he 
accepted everyone as they were. 
He will be greatly missed by all who 
knew him. 

Joe worked in Lake Isabella at 
John's Upholstering Shop up until 
the death of its owner, John. 

It was discovered that Joe had 
Leukemia last October and had re- 
sided at the Kern Valley Hospital 
SNC since early in April. 

Joe is survived by three broth- 
ers. Salvatore DeMaio of Agawam, 
Mass; Carmen DeMaio of East 
Hartford, Conn., and Althonse 
DeMaio of Springfield, Mass; two 
sisters, Rosina Rubino of Spring- 
field, Mass, Margaret Murdza of 
Chicopee Mass; several nieces and 
nephews and a great host of friends. 
Among the friends are Cynthia Frost 
and girls as well as Kenny and 
" Baroara Miller of Onyx. 

Graveside funeral services were 
held at Kern River Valley Cemetery 
at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 6th 
with Reverend Ratfel, interim Pas- 
tor of St. Judes Catholic Church, 
officiating. Sen/ices were entrusted 
'0 the care nf the Bonnsw^ll P^mWy 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral Home 



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Wednesday, June 7, 1995 



NeldaJean 
Beaumont 

Funeral services were held 
Wednesday May 31, 1995 at 1:00 
p.m. at Valley Mortuary for Jeanne 
Beaumont of Kernville. Officating 
was Pastor John Carpenter of the 

Kernville United Methodist Church. 

Jeanne was born March 26, 
1 939, in Amarillo, Texas and passed 
away May 25, 1995 in Kemville. 
She lived in the Kern River Valley 
for 14 years. 

She is survived by her mother 
Alice Yager nf M ^^Mesa, h^rriaijjjh- 
ters Trade Beaumont of Carson 
City, Nevada and Tiffany Edwards 
of Laramie, Wyoming; son Jon 
Beaumont of Carson City, Nevada; 
grandaughter Crystal Bolin of 
Carson City, Nevada; and two 
brothers, Dan Caussey of New 
Mexico and Charies Caussey of 
Havilah, Ca. Arrangements by Val- 
ley Mortuary. 



In Loving Memory 
of Margaret Bina 
Fuller 

Margaret was born June 6, 1919 
to Clifford and Cleo Smith in Venice, 

r.a .<^hp i.q '^1 imvpH hy hpr hi i.shand 

Hugh L. Fuller, daughter Chris, and 
son-in-law Michael Stettner; 
daughter Liz and son-in-law Ken 
Buttrey, and three grandchildren, 
Matthew Stettner, Catherine 
Buttrey, and Katelynn Buttrey. 

Before marrying, she was a stunt 
girl in many major motion pictures. 
She appeared in numerous movies, 
including "Gone With The Wind", 
"Stagecoach", "Showboat", and 
many Johnnie Mack Brown and 
Flash Gordon series. Later, she 
traveled the country as the first 
woman stage manager for the off 
Broadway production "BIythe Spirit". 

Immediately following Worid War 
II, she married Hugh L. Fuller, First 
Lieutenant in the infantry. 

Fishing, hunting, swimming and 
golfing were only a few of the ac- 
tivities they enjoyed together for 
nearly 50 years. She and her hus- 
band raised their daughters in 
Granada Hills, California before 
retiring in Wofford Heights in 1984. 

Her family will remember her 
most for her selfless dedication to 
them. A humble lady, always reach- 
ing out to help others. Her life has 
truly made a difference and she will 
continue to live in the hearts of all 
who knew and loved her. 



William Wesley 
Alden 

Graveside services, were 
held Monday, June 12, 1995, 
at 1 1 :00 a.m. at the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery. William was 
born in Calhoun, Missouri, on 
May 31 , 1925. He entered into 
rest in the Memorial Hospital of 
Bakersfield at the age of 70 on 
June 7, 1995. 

William left Missouri to join 
the Army Air Corp at the age of 
18. He spent a hitch of three 
years in the Air Force. Towards 
the end of his tour of duty, he 
became engaged to Dixie 
Boyles who lived in Clinton, 
Missouri. She laterfollowed him 
to San Antonio, Texas, where 
they were married. After his 
tour of duty was over in the Air 
Force, he returned to Missouri 
for about a year. 

In 1946, he came to Califor- 
nia settling in Hawthorne. 
Shortly thereafter, he moved to 
Torrance, California, where he 
lived for 30 years and raised his 
family. In 1931, he moved to 
the lake area. 

William loved the games of 
baseball and basketball and it 
was well known that he was not 
to be disturbed during a game. 
He is survived by his wife of 
49 years, Dixie Alden; one 
daughter, Sharon Williams of 
Henderson, Nevada; son, Wil- 
liam C. Alden of Cucamonga, 
California; sons David Philip 
Alder and Wesley J. Alden, Ixjth 
of Torrance, California; 10 
grandchildren and one great- 
grandchild. William will be 
greatly missed by his family 
and friends. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the Bonnewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 

Douglas Eugene 
Burnett 

Private family services and 
visitation were held for Douglas 
Eugene Burnett, 66, of Lake 
Isabella on Saturday, June 10, 
1995 at the Valley Mortuary 
Chapel in Lake Isabella. 

A 1 year Kem River Valley 
resident, Mr. Burnett was bom 
May 3, 1 929 in Glendale, Cali- 
fornia arKi entered into rest on 



June 6, 1995 in a Bakersfield 
hospital. Before retirement, Mr. 
Burnett was a bus driver for the 
Orange County Transit District. 

He is survived by his wife, 
Maureen Burnett of Lake Isa- 
bella; a son, Jess Eugene 
Burnett of Moreno Valley; two 
daughters, Brenda Burnett of ' 
Garden Grove, Susan Marie 
Clavet of Sun City; two grand- 
sons and two granddaughters. 
He will be greatly missed by all 
who knew and loved him. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 



Lorene E. Yeargan 

Graveside services were 
held on June 7, 1995 at 2:00 
p.m. at Greenlawn Memorial 
park in Bakersfield for Lorene 
Elizabeth Yeargan. 

Mrs. Yeargan was born April 
21, 1904 in Llano, Texas and 
entered into rest on June 3, 
1995 at her home in Wofford 
Heights. She was 91 years of 
age. She has lived in Kern 
County for the past 51 years. 

Mrs. Yeargan worked in the 
Wilmington ship yards during 
World War II as a welder and 
after moving to Bakersfield af- 
ter the war, worked for 
Roundtree Studios and then in 
1955, joined her husband, 
"Snowball" in his business, 
Coyco Oil Well Service until his 
death in 1973. She moved to 
Wofford Heights in 1990. 
Lorene was 50 year member of 
the Order of the Eastern Star. 

Survivors include her son 
and daughter-in-law, Dale and 
Bartjara Yeargan of Onyx; a 
sister, Dorothy Cawdrey of 
Westlake Village; grandsons, 
Chris Yeargan of North Dakota, 
Russ Yeargan of Wofford 
Heights, and Darte Yeargan, Jr. 
of Onyx; granddaughters, 
Chrissie Lopez, Tina Yeargan, 
Janet Holbrook, Dawn Lorene 
Carlon and Cynthisa Lee 
Peredoe, all of Bakersfield; her 
first cousin, Alice Frost of Yucca 
Valley; 14 great-grandchildren 
and six great-great-grandchil- 
dren; as well as many nieces 
and nephews. She will be 
missed by all who loved her. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 



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Wednesday. Tune 14, 1995 



Lulu AnnaMay 
Ruggles 

Private arrangements were 
made for Lulu AnnaMay 
Ruggles who passed away on 
June 4, 1995 in ML Mesa, 
California. 

She was bom May 28, 1 91 6 
in Jewell, Kansas. She was 
owner and operator of Lou's 
Coffee Shop in Santa Monica. 
Lulu has been in the Kem River 
Valley for27 years. She wori<ed 
at Miracle Hot Springs and The 
King Cow in Wofford Heights. 
She was a member of the 
Moose, the drill team of the 
Eagles, and lOOF Lodge since 
1945. Her duties included fund 
raising and community service. 
Lulu also belonged to the 
Grandmothers Club. She loved 
fishing, traveling and dancing. 
She was a member of the Se- 
nior Citizens. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band Ken Ruggles of Lake 
Isabella; her daughter and son- 
in-law lUariene and George 
Nichol of West Los Angeles; 
daughter and son-in-law Linda 
and Ted Martin of Bodfish; 
seven grandchildren, Christie, 
Deborah, Sherie, Virginia, 
George, Lance and Kathlene; 
eight great-grandchildren; step- 
daughter Sandra Moldenhaur 
of Hesperia, step-grandchildren 
Tammy. Corey, and Jamie and 
one step-great-grandson. Lulu 
is also survived by her brother 
Tommy and sister-in-law Pat 
Brokshire of Washington and 
brother L. Eugene Brokshire of 
Bodfish. Memorial services will 
be held at a later date. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, June 21, 1995 



Delbert Milton 
Vester 

Private services and inter- 
ment were held for Delbert 
Vester. Mr. Vester was bom in 
Indianapolis, Indiana on June 
4, 1 924 and entered into rest at 
his home on June 14. 1995 at 
the age of 71. 

Mr. Vester was self-em- 
ployed as a painter for the past 
48 years. He also spent a hitch 
in the Navy during WWII from 
September 28, 1942 to January 
15, 1946 as a Seaman 1st 
Class. 

Delbert is sun/ived by his 
wife, Gloria of 24 years; three 
sons, Steven Vester of Wofford 
Heights, Vincent Vester of 
Ventura, and Raymond Vester 
of Oregon. 

One of Delbert's greatest 
loves was to take Gloria and 
head for the fishing hole. Many 
hours were spent along the 
shore in togetherness. 

He will be greatly missed by 
his family and friends. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the Bonnewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 

Gretta Aleda Rice 

Graveside services with im- 
mediate family members were 
held in memory of Gretta Aleda 
Rice at her interment at the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery on 
June 19, 1995. She was bom 
July 18, 1902 in Storm Lake, 
Iowa, and passed away at the 



Kem Valley Hospital Nursing 
Center in Mt. Mesa, Ca, June 
17, 1995. 

Gretta and her husband Basil 
retired to Kemville, Ca. in 1 964. 
She was widowed in 1977. 
During her 31 years in the val- 
ley she had participated In the 
Antique and Collectible shows; 
she was an avid button collec- 
tor and member of the Pres- 
byterian Church during her 
lifetime and a member of 
Eastern Star. 

She is survived by her son 
George B. Rice of Weldon, Ca. 
and daughter Babette DeMont 
of Litchfield Park, Az.; three 
granddaughters Charmaine 
Farmer of England, Ramona 
Guzman of Idaho and Juanita 
Hall of New Mexico; eight great- 
grandchildren; and two great- 
great-grandchlTdren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 

Dorothy Barbara 
Clauder 

Funeral services were held 
Saturday June 17, 1995 at 
1 1 :00 AM at the Shepherd of 
the Hills Lutheran Church in 
Lake Isabella. Officiating was 
Dr. Marvin Moon. Intemientwas 
at Kem River Valley Cemetery. 
Dorothy was t>om July 1 , 1 907 
in Watsonville. California and 
passed away June 13, 1995 in 
Mt. Mesa, California. She was 
87 years of age. She has t)een 
a resident of the Kem River 
Valley for 17 years, and a 
member of the Women of the 



Moose. She toved to dance 
and go to the beach. She also 
loved to crochet. She is sun/ived 
by her daughter Barbara 
Carman Noel and Richard 
Smith of Simi Valley; son and 
daughter-in-law Gary and 
Chariotte Lackey of Kernville, 
son and daughter-in-law Ken- 
neth and Cathy Lackey of Lake 
Isabella and son Jaye Lackey 
of Downey, Ca. Also 13 
grandchildren, 8 great-grand- 
children, 7 great-great-grand- 
children. She was loved by all, 
and will be greatly missed. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Creed (Sandy) 
Collins 

Private arrangements were 
made for Creed (Sandy) Collins 
who passed away June 13, 
1995 in Mt. Mesa, Ca. Sandy 
was bom in Rice, Kansas on 
December 25, 1910. He has 
been a resident of Kem County 
for 53 years and wori<ed for 
U.S. Borax for 27 years before 
retiring and moving to the Kern 
River Valley. He was a member 
of the VFW and is survived by 
his nephew Robert Collins of 
Pacoima and his sister-in-law 
LaVina Collins also of Pacoima. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 







William Wesley 
Alden 

Graveside services were 
held Monday. June 12. 1995. 
at 1 1 :00 a.m. at the Kem River 
Valley Cemetery. William was 
bom in Calhoun. Missouri, on 
May 31 . 1 925. He entered into 
rest in the Memorial Hospital of 
Bakersfield at the age of 70 on 
June 7. 1995. 

William left Missouri to join 
the Army Air Corps at the age of 
18. He spent a hitch of three 
years in the Air Force. Towards 
the end of his tour of duty, he 
became engaged to Dixie 
Boyles who lived in Clinton. 
Missouri. She laterfollowedhim 
to San Antonio. Texas, where 
they were married. After his 
tour of duty was over in the Air 
Force, he returned to Missouri 
for about a year. 

In 1946. he came to Califor- 
nia settlinQ In Hawthorne. 
Shortly thereafter, he moved to 
Toncince. California, where he 
lived for 30 years and raised his 
family. In 1981. he moved to 



the lake area. 

William loved the games of 
baseball and basketball and it 
vtfas well known that he was not 
to be disturbed during a game. 

He is survived by his wife of 
49 years, Dixie Alden; one 
daughter, Sharon Williams of 
Henderson, Nevada; son, Wil- 
liam C. Alden of Cucamonga. 
Califomia; sons David Philip 
Alden and Wesley J. Alden. 
both of Ton-ance, Califomia; 1 
grandchildren and one great- 
grandchild. William will be 
greatly missed by his family 
and friends. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the Bonnewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



George (Bob) 
Goldbaum 

George (Bob) Goldbaum of 
Bodfish, CA. passed away June 
18, 1995. at Sherman Oaks, 
CA, after a lengthy illness. Bob 
was a native Califomian, he 



leaves his companion of 8 
years, Bemice Hamilton. His 
father Milton Goldbaum of Van 
Nuys. CA; 2 sons George 
Goldbaum of Henderson. NV, 
and Joseph GoWbaum of Irvine, 
CA- 1 daughter Marian Heap of 
Corona, CA; 3 brothers Roy 
Goldbaum of Missouri. Danny 
Williams of Moreno Valley, CA, 
and Scott Jackson of Van Nuys, 
CA- 2 sisters Mary Sue Nelson 
of Ridgecrest, CA. and Manlyn 
Eriandson of Phoenix, AZ; his 
aunt Rose Marie Cloud of 
Weldon. CA; four grandsons, 
two granddaughters; nieces, 
nephews, cousins and many 
friends. 

Cremation by Armstong 
family with ashes to be placed 
in Palm Mortuaries in Las Ve- 
gas. NV. in the garden of 
Moroni. There will be a Memo- 
rial Sen/ice at the church of 
Jesus Christ of Latter Day 
Saints in Mt Mesa, on Saturday. 
July 1, 1995. at 12 noon, fol- 
lowed by a luncheon at 1 p.m. 
at the Moose lodge in Lake 
Isabella. Everyone welcome. 



Wednesday, July 5, 1995 



Margaret Jean 
Seeley 

Memorial services will be 
hew on Thursday. July 6, 1 995 
at 11:00 a.m. at the Highland 
Chapel United Methodist 
Church for Margaret Jean 
Seeley, 77, who died in Moun- 
tain Mesa on June 23, 1995. 
She was bom in Massachusetts 
on September 28. 1917. 

During Worid War II. she 
worited with TRW Systems. 
This was followed by nursing 
training, after which she worked 
for a while at St. Joseph's 
HospitaJ in Burbank. She later 
worthed as a secretary in her 
husbaixf s insurance t}usiness. 
After his death, she t>egan a 
new career in real estate until 
her retirement about three years 
ago. 

She married her tong-time 
friend Henry Seeley on August 
19, 1992 and moved to Lake 
Isabella. She was a member of 
the Highland Chapel and the 
Ladies of the Moose. 

She is survived by her k>ving 
husband Henry; two sons, 
Darrel Tumer, whose address 
is unknown, arvj Dana Tumer 
of Artell, Georgia. She is also 
survived by a sister, Ruth, of 
New Hampshire. We will all 
miss her. 

At her request, she was 
cremated and her ashes will be 
disposed of at a later time. 

Immediately folkjwing the 
servk», refreshments will be 
served at the Moose Lodge on 
Lake Isabella Bouleva)oi 



Peter Bernard _ 
donohue 

A recitation of the Holy Ro- 
sary was said at St. Jude's 
Catholic Church on Thursday. 
June 29, 1995 at 7:00 p.m..^ 
followed by a Mass of Christian 
Burial at St. Jude's Catholic 
Church on Friday morning June 
30th at 10:00 a.m. for Peter 
Bernard Donohue, 71. Com- 
mittal services and interment 
were held at the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights. Reverend Godfrey 
Raffel. interim pastor of St. 
Jude's. officiated at the ser- 
vices. Peter passed away in 
Mammoth Lakes, Califomia, on 
Sunday. June 25. He was bom 
in Tacoma, Washington on 
August 22, 1923. Peter was a 
Worid War II veteran serving in 
the Army Air Corps. He flew 
255 comt)at missions in the 
China Burma theater. He and 
his wife Dariene were married 
on December 15,1 945. He was 
emptoyed by the U.S. Govern- 
ment as a salvage specialist for 
thirty years. Twenty-four of 

those years were spent at China 
Lake Naval Weapons Center. 
In Peter's younger years he 
was a boxer and he loved to 
toltow the fights on televiskjn 
and would travel to Las Vegas 
for some of the bigger fights. 
He v/as also an avkl gardener. 
Peter was a memljer of St. 
Jude's Catholic Church in 
Wofford Heights. He issunnved 
by his wife of 49 years, Dariene 
of the family home in Onyx; one 
son Brian Donohue of Onyx; 
four brothers. Larry. John. 
Martin, and Edward Donohue 
all of Tacoma. Washington; 
three sisters. Betty Rosene, 
Mary Sager and Patricia Van 
Ryke all of Tacoma; two sisters- 
in-law, Marcella McGrath and 
her husband Mac of 
Woodbridge, Virginia; and 
Joyce and her husband Ted 
Tonkoshkur of Detroit. Michi- 
gan; one brother-in-law, Archie 
Plante and his wife Carol of 
Onyx; and by many nieces, 
nephews and friends by whom 
he will be greatly missed. The 
senrices were entrusted to the 
care of the Bonnewell Family of 
the Lake Isabella Funeral 



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Pete Grechowsky 

Graveside funeral services 
arxl interment were held in the 
Kem River Valley. Cemetery in 
Wofford Heights on Saturday, 
July 1st. 1995 with Dr. James 
Lee, Pastor of the Valley Com- 
munity Church offidatjng for 
Lake Isabella resident Pete 
Grechowsky. Pete was bom 
July 1. 1917 in Pittsburgh. 
Pennsylvania and passed away 
at his residence on Wednes- 
day, June 28. He spent his early 
years in Pittsburgh and worked 
for over twenty-five years as a 
coal miner. He came to Cali- 
fornia in 1958 and worked for 
another twenty-five years as a 
cement mason. He had resided 
in Lake Isat^ella for the past 
thirteen years. Pete is survived 
by his wife of fifty-three years, 
Helen Grechowsky of Lake 
[sat>elta; one son, George, and 
his wife Ruth Grechowsky of 
Saugus; one daughter, Jenny, 
and her husband Richard 
Brown of Somis, CA; one sis- 
ter. Annabell Marunich of Vein 
Nuys; and by four grandchil- 
dren. Kevin. Nicole, Cody, and 
Stephen and by several nieces, 
nephews, and friends wtv? will 
greatly miss him. The services 
were entrusted to the care of 
the Bonnewell Family, Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Gloria Theresa 
Vester 

Private inurnment was hekj 
-w ith iriteWD q g t in tt>eKem River 
Valley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights for Kemville resident 
Gtotia Theresa Vester, 65. She 
passed away in a BakersfieM 
Hospital on June 26. 1995. 
Gkxia was t)om in Mooresfbrks, 
New York on August 1 0, 1 929. 
Gkxia was preceded in death 
by her husband, Delbert on 
June 14th of this year. A joint 
memorial service will be held at 
a later date. Both Gksria and 
Delbert enjoyed sitting and 
fishing at the lake. The com- 
forting thought is that the two of 
them are together again. Both 
will be missed by all wfra ksved 
arxj knew them. Gloria Is sur- 
vived by three stepsons, Steven 
Vester of Wofford Heights, 
Vincent Vester of Ventura, and 
Raymond Vester of Oregon. 
She is also survived by special 
dear frierxJs. Jack and Denah 
Timms of Kemville. The ser- 
vices are entrusted to the care 
of the Bonnewell Family of the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Evelyn Lorene 
Lindsay 

Private family services and 
interment were held for Evelyn 
Lorene Lindsay, 72. She 
passed away at the local hos- 
pital on Tuesday, June 27, 
1 995. Evelyn was bom in Santa 
Monica, California on Febmary 
18, 1923. She received her 
educatbn there and resided in 
the Santa Monrca area most of 
her life. Evelyn worked as a 
riveter during the second worid 
war. She moved to the Lake 
Area in 1982 and has resided 
here since. Herfavorite hobbies 
were gardening and crocheting 
and she spent many hours in 
these pursuits. She is sun/ived 
by one son, Joseph Glasgow of 
Bakersfield; two daughters, 
Lorene Mitchell of Mt. Mesa 
and Virginia Davis of Corona; 
one brother. Bill inglehart of 
Orange County; one sister, 
Dorothy Smith of Kemville; and 
by ten grandchildren and fifteen 
great grandchildren and many 
nieces, nephews, and friends. 
The services are entrusted to 
the care of the Bonnewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Wednesday, July 12, 1995 



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Stanford C. 
Coleman 

Stanford Clovis "Stan" 
Coleman was bom August 12, 
1916, to George and Esther 
(Rowe) Coleman in Cleveland, 
Missrssippi. He passed away 
on Saturday, July 1, 1995, at 
the Good Samaritan Center in 
Kearney, Nebraska, at the age 
of 78 years, 10 months and 19 
days. 

Stan attended school in 
Mississippi and on December 
31 , 1942, he joined the United 
States Army serving in the 
Southwest Pacific until receiv- 
ing an honorable discharqe on 
Julys, 1945. 

Stan and Cheryl Ann Bretz 
were united in marriage on 
November 19, 1977, in Lake 
Isabella, California. 

During his lifetime, Stan 
worked as a garage mechanic 
for Southern California Edison 
He was preceded in death 
by his first wife, Beth Coleman- 
daughter Debra Coleman; son 
Calvin Coleman and five 
brothers. He is survived by his 
wife, Cheryl of Ainsworth, Ne- 
braska; daughter Sharon 
Koncel of Wofford Heights 
California; brother Travis 
Coleman of Saraland, Ala- 
bama; four step-children John 
Ditter of Grand Island, Ne- 
braska; Jana Mitchell of 
Ainswonh; JoDee Saunders of 
Cleveland, Ohio and Julie 
Oseka of Cairo, Nebraska; 15 
grandchildren and many lovinq 
nieces and nephews. 

Memorial services will be 
held at a later date in Wofford 
Heights. Memorial contributions 
are suggested to the family in 
his name. Hoch Funeral Home 
of Ainswortfrwas in charge of 
arrangements. 



Stella Marie 
Abercrombie 

Graveside services were 
held Monday, July 1 0, 1 995, at 



11 a.m. at Blue Mountain 
Cemetery in Woody, Califor- 
nia, for Stella Marie 
Abercrombie of Bodfish. Offi- 
ciating was Pastor Floyd 
Castillo of Highland Chapel 
United Methodist Church in 
traka^aobefet— 

Mrs. Abercrombie was born 
November 11, 1930 in 
Bakersfield. California, and 
passedawayonJuly5, 1995 in 
Mt. Mesa, Califomia. She was 
64 years of age. 

Stella attended East 
Bakersfield High School and 
has lived in and around Kem 
County for 43 years. She was a 
member of the DAR and the 
Sierra Neighborhood Club in 
Woody, Califomia. 

Mrs. Abercrombie was pre- 
ceded in death by her husband 
Jack Abercrombie. She is sur- 
vived by her daughter Melissa 
McKinney of Lake Isabella; son 
Jake Abercrombie of Bodfish; 
son Patrick Abercrombie of 
Qttroy; X^tifofniiar son^JoHir 
Abercrombie of Arkansas; sis- 
ter Navada Hand of Bakersfield; 
and eight grandchildren and 
three great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Clarence 
DeWayne Grigsby 

Funeral services were held 
in the Rose Chapel of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home for 
Clarence Grigsby, age 77, on 
July 11, 1995, at 10 a.m. 
Committal services and inter- 
ment followed in the Kem River 
Valley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights. 

DeWayne, as he was better 
known, was a native Califor- 
nian. He was bom in Orange, 
Califomia, on October29, 1917, 
and entered into rest on July 2, 
1 995, at the local hospital in Mt! 
Mesa. 

During the eariy part of his 
life, he lived in Oregon, Kansas 
and Colorado. He returned to 
Califomia in 1 952 and settled in 
the Long Beach area where he 
remained until 1984 at which 
time he moved to the Lake Isa- 
bella area. 

DeWayne served in the US 
Anny during Worid War II as a 
Seraeant. He had a great love 
for fishing and he followed all 
sports ardently. He attended 
Arizona T>ch. forsevetaf years 
His employnTent consisted oT 
working in the oil fielos for 20 
years. He also was employed 
as a tnjck driver for several 
companies. 

His hobbies were fishing and 
sports. He especially liked 
football and followed '^ very 
- closely. ' 

DeWayne is sun/ived by two 
sons Raleigh of Bodfish, Cali- 
fornia, and Paul of Lemoore 
Califomia; one daughter Juanita 
Quinn, also of Bodfish; one 
brother Raleigh; 10 grandchil- 
dren and 10 great-grandchil- 
dren; and a great hostof ftiends 
He will be greatly missed by ali 
his family and ftiends. 

Services were entmsted to 
the care of the Bonnewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Wednesday, July 19, 1995 



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Paul Edward 
Traver 

Private inurnment was held 
for Lake Isabella resident Paul 
Edward Traver, age 78. Mr. 
Traver passed away at Kem 
Valley Hospital in Mt. Mesa on 
Julys, 1995. 

Paul was t>om in Harvard, 
Illinois, on July 16. 1916. He 
served his country from 1943 
to 1945 as a Sergeant in the 
Army. He served during WWII. 

Mr. Traver left Harvard, Illi- 
nois, when he was 38 years old 
and moved to Phoenix. Arizona, 
where he lived for five years. 
He then moved when he was 
43 to Orange. California. He 
remained in Orange for 18 
years. He came to the lake 
area in 1 978 at the age of 61 . 

Paul worked as a badger. He 
also was an artist and a 
handyman. He boasted that he 
could fix anything. He also loved 
horseracing and frequented the 
track often. 

He is survived by his son Phil 
of Wofford Heights and his four 
chiklren — Courtney, DavW, 
Rachel and Steven; one 
daughter, Paula Espiritu and 
her son George Wooley. Also 
surviving Paul are four great- 
grarKichikiren. He will be greatly 
missed by his family and friends. 

Services were entrusted to 
the Bonnewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



William F. Smitii 

Private family services will 
be held at a later date for Wil- 
liam Franklin Smith, age 93. of 
Weldon. Bom March 24. 1902 
in Pocahontas, Arkansas. Mr. 
Smith was a 52-year area 
resklent. 

He was a retired construction 
wori(erand a resklent of Wekton 
for over 35 years. He and his 
wife, Belvia, celebrated their 
70th wedding anniversary on 
Novemt>er25, 1994. 

Sun/ivors include his wife. 
Belvia. of Weldon; son William 
F. Smith, Jr., of WekJon; son 
Billy Ray Smith of Fontana; 
daughter Vivian Short of 
Weldon; daughters Norma 
Hitchcock and Joyce Oliver, 
both of Rancho Cucamonga; 
and daughter Roxie Collins of 
SpringfiekJ. Oregon. He is also 
sun/ived by two sisters, Dorothy 
Jaco and Thelma Friar, both of 
Stockton; 1 5 grandchildren and 
25 great-grandchikiren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake lsat>ella. 



James A. 
"Jim" Berg 

Graveside funeral services 
were held in the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery on Saturday 
July 22, 1995. at 11 :30 a.m. for 
Jim Berg. 57. He passed away 
•n a Lakewood hospital on 
Wednesday morning, July 19. 
Jim was born in Faribault 
Minnesota on October 10 
1 937. He has resided in Garden 
Grove for fhe past 29 years and 
has been employed by Couts 
Heating and Air Conditioning 
for over 39 years. Jim enjoyed 
skeet shooting, fishing, drag 
racing, motorcycle racing and 
dune buggies and loved the out 
of doors. He and his family have 
been coming camping to the 
Lake Isabella area for years 
arjd they have owned property 
in Bodfish forthe pastsix years 
The following thoughts on pa- 
per entitled "Feelings" were 
wntten in loving tribute to Jim 
• byLenaDistJeronJulylS, 1995 
You've heard the phrase 'If s 
the beginning of the end", well 
that's the phrase I think about 
now sitting in the hospital 

waiting for Grandpa to recover 
Well, that's not really what I'm 
expecting I guess. I think of the 
beginning of the end; because 
it's the end of the rest of his life. 
But right now if s the end of the 
rest of his life. But why him. 
such a good man? He's never 
really done anything wrong. The 
pain he is probably going 
through; I am sure I can1 even 
comprehend. Everyone is 
scared. He means so much to 
everyone; we're all just waiting 
and expecting. In his case we 
have need to expect the worst 
but still why the worst for him? 
Such an honest decent person, 
you just wonder what he is 
thinking at)out and how much 
of this he really understands. It 
makes me wonder if I have 
really let him know how much 
he means to me. Will he die 
and never know how much I 
love him? Personal feelings 
have to be one of the hardest 
things to express, and now I 
doni think anyone really knows 
what the other person is feeling. 
The moans of his pain send 
chills down my spine, and the 



WED^fESDAY. TULY 26, 1 QQS 



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coughing make my eyes flood 
with sympathetic and scared 
tears. The mumbling when he 
talks make me think he really 
would be better off dead. The 
way we tove him makes it so 
hard to let go. 

Jim is survived by his wife 
Eva Berg of Garden Grove, 
one son James A. Berg Jr. of 
Fullerton, one daughter Loretta 
Fay and her husband Daniel of 
Riverside, his mother Eva Berg 
of Bodfish. two brothers Edgar 
Berg and William Berg and his 
wife Marcia all of Bodfish and 
by nine grandchildren, many 
nieces, nephews, cousins and 
a host of friends. The services 
were entrusted to the care of 
the Bonnewell Family of the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



George 

Washington 

Candelet 

George W. Candelet. 77. 

died July 19, 1995 at Memorial 
+Hospitalin Bakersfield, CA. He 
was bom in Philadelphia, PA. 
July 1 7, 1 91 8. An amny veteran 
of Worid Warll. George attained 
the rank of Sergeant with Bat- 
tery A228 Field Artillery Unit. 
Battles included Central Eu- 
rope, Normandy, Rhineland 
and Northern France. He 
earned EALE Service Medal, 
Good Conduct Medal, and 
Soldiers Medal. He resided in 
Lambertville and Whiting, New 
Jersey until 1 989. then moved 
to Lake Isabella. He was a 
memt>er of the Lambertville, 
N.J. volunteer Fire Department 
for over 40 years. He also be- 
longed to Leni Lanapi Lodge 
#15 order of Odd Fellows. He 
retired from Luggage Craft 
Corporation in Lanbertville, N.J. 
after 36 years as a luggage 
assemblerand sewing machine 
operator. Son of the late William 

and Elsie Candelet, he is sur- 
vived by his wife of 54 years, 
Josephine Colello Candelet; 
twodaughters. Joanne Teeples 
of El Monte. CA and Jeanne 
Burd of Sciota. PA; five grand- 
children and one great grand- 
child; two sisters. Elsie Poland 
of Philadelphia. PA, and 
Blanche Kelly of Zylrhills. 
Florida; and several nieces and 
nephews. George will be greatly 
missed by his family and many 
friends. Funeral arrangements 
are under the direction of For- 
est Lawn Memorial Park. 
Covina, CA. 



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Zeta Mae Hall 

Memorial services were held 
Saturday, July21,1995at 10:00 
a.m. atthe South ForkWoman's 
Club for Zeta Mae Hall of Mt. 
Mesa. Officiating was Pastor 
John Carpenter of the Weldon 
United Methodist Church. Zeta 

on April 19, 1899 and passed 
away July 20. 1 995 rn Mt. Mesa, 
CA. She was 96 years of age. 
She has been a resident of the 
Kern River Valley for over 31 
years and very active in com- 
munity services. She was a 
member of the Eastern Star, 
the Rebekah Lodge, South Fori< 
Women's Club, Business and 
Professional Women's Club 
and Woman of the Year in the 
AARP in 1994. She was also 
president of the Jesters Band. 
She was preceded in death by 
her husband 20 years ago. She 
is survived by her adoptive 
daughter Ruth Johansen of 
Perth, Western Australia. In lieu 
of flowers donations may be 
made to the Kern Valley Hos- 
pital Foundation, P.O. Box 
1 628, Lake Isabella, Ca 93240. 
Proceeds will go to a plaque on 
the Tree of Life. Arrangements 
by Valley Mortuary. 



Wedntesday. August 2. 1995 



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Travis Shane 
Whitehouse 

Funeral services were held 
f^Jifday. July 29. 1995. at 
10.00 a.m. at the Family Life 
Center in Wotford Heights for 
Travis Shane Whitehouse of 
Riverkern. Officiating was 
Pastor Bnan Polston 
!n Ir3ls*^bomJuly21.1981 
in Northndge, California, and 
passed away on July 25, 1 995 
ifi Bakersfield following an ac- 
cident. Travis was 1 4 years old 
and was a student at Woodrow 
Wallace Jr. High. 

He was a good athlete in all 
sports and he loved chocolate 
He wasa memberof the Family 
Life Center in Wofford Heights 
Travis IS survived by his 
mother Jeannie Whitehouse- 
Sk ^"d brother Ricky 
Whitehouse. both of Riverkern- 
.h^ grandmother and grandfa- 
"]«/, R'chard and Jean Grzeck 
of Woodland Hills. California 
grandfather Wilford Pagan of 
New York: great-grandfather 
Mary Ramos of Us Vegas 
Nevada; uncle Rudy and iunt 
Unda Pohlert of Agoura Hills. 
Sf 7?' ^^ '"any cousins. 
fami-r^dre'Ss"^ '' ^" '- 



Mary Jane Wolf 

Memorial services were held 
Tuesday, July 25, 1995. at 

ii?:?l^\"?- ^* Highland Chapel 
United Methodist Church^ 
i^^u 'f^t^e'la for Mary Jane 
Wolf of Mt. Mesa. OfficiaUng 
was Pastor Floyd Castillo. Mrs 
Wolf was bom on October 29 
1913. in Los Angeles. Califor- 
n« and passed away on July 

?& Ik^^k'1^- "^^sa. Califor- 
nia. She had been a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for 20 
years and belonged to various 
Masonic and philanthropic or- 
ganizations here in the valley 

Majy Jane is survived bv her 
daughter and son-in-law 
Jacqueline and Donald 
Auwarter of Arizona; three 
grandchildren Kane Auwarter 
Of Montrose. California; Todd 
^"warter of Washington; and 
i®""rfer Shelby of Westlake 
village California; four great- 
grandchildren Came. Aminda 
Kathleen and Taylor. She is 
l^^survrved by her brothers 

^^'} ^i ^'^y °^ Washington 
and Jack Kifby of Nebraste. 

In heu of flowers, donations 
may be made to the Shriners 

g^S^/l^'to^ Crippled Childria 
Bum Center. 3160 Geneva St 
Los Angeles. California 90020" 

'HoTuT^iX.^^ Princess Mar>; 

Jane Wolf, daughterof the Nile 

^Arrangements by Valley 



Estelle Hedges 

Funeral services were held 
Tuesday. July 25. 1995, at the 
Ughthouse Pentecostal Church 
in Lake Isabella at 2:00 p.m for 
Estelle Hedges of Bodfish Of- 
ficiating was Pastor Francis 
Edge. Interment was Wednes- 
day. July 26. 1995. at Green 
Hills Memorial Parte in Rancho 
Palos Verdes. 

Mrs. Hedges was bom on 
May 10. 1887. in Oklahoma 
Territory, Oklahoma and 
passed away on July 22. 1 995 
at her hoQie in Bodfish. She 
was 1 08 years of age. She had 
been a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for 20 years. 

She is survived by her son 
Forest Hedges of Oklahoma- 
son Walter Hedges of Weldon- 
daughter Lorene Busby of 
Squirrel Valley; daughter 
Thelma Smith of Washington- 
daughter Lucille Shamblin of 
Bodfish; 27 grandchildren. 46 
great-grandchildren, four great- 
great grandchildren, and three 
great-great-great grandchil- 
dren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Marcelle E. Engel 

Long an important figure on 
the local art scene, Marcelle 
Eugenie Engel died at age 95 
on July27. 1995. at Kern Valley 
Hospital in Mt. Mesa. Mrs. Engel 
had a long, productive and 
eventful career. 

Bom in Paris. France, nee 
Launspach, on December 23, 
1 899, she passed herchiWhood 
years in that city during Worid 
War I . She attended several art 
schools, graduating from the 
Paris Philippon Art Institute. She 
worthed as a fashion designer 
and critic for the "Daily Mail" 
and "Figaro." She married 
Oliver Butler, Commerce Atta- 
che at the American Embassy. 
After a sojoum in Spain, the 
couple held various diplomatic 
posts in Latin America and the 
Philipines. Recalled to Wash- 
ington, Oliver served asadvisor 
to President Hoover. Marcelle 
taught French in the Beriitz In- 
stitute for several years arid 
became an American citizen in 

1933. 

Upon herhusband's untimely 
death, Marcelle moved to San 
Francisco and attended the 
Rudolph Schaefer Art Institute 
and was self-employed as a 
fashion designer. She returned 
to the Philipines by herself in 
1938, where she rejoined her 
friends In the international 
community. She established an 
art studio, designed fabrics for 
the British-American Textile 
Firm in Manila, designed furni- 
ture for local manufacture and 
taught French and drawing in 
her spare time. 

Marcelle was captured by 
the Japanese in 1942, follow- 
ing the fall of Manilla. She was 
offered an opportunity to de- 
clare herself a citizen of Vichy 
France and thus remain at lit> 
erty. She flatly refused, declar- 
ing herself a United States 
citizen and a supporter of the 
Free French. Corisequently she 
was interned in the prison camp 
at Santo Tomas University until 
released in 1945 when the 
United States retook the 
Philipines. During her stay in 
the camp, she taught art and 
French in a high school set up 
by herfuture hustiand, Dr. Rene 
L. Engel. She n^de numerous 
sketches of life in the camp, 
whinh she has disolaved in San 



Francisco and Los Angeles. 
Later she wrote a book about 
hej^ internment and incjuded 
many of the sketches in it. Upon 
release. General Douglas 
MacArthur awarded her the 
Asiatic- Pacific Campaign, the 
Philipine Defense and Philipine 
Liberation medals for her con- 
tributions to maintaining mo- 
rale in the camp. 

In 1945, she returned to the 
United States, wori<ed in the 
City of Paris Women's Store in 
San Francisco and continued 
with her drawing and painting. 
At a reunion of the prisoners of 
war, she met Dr. Engel again 
and they were married in De- 
cember 1 950. After a short time 
in Cuba, from which they were 
expelled by Batista, they settled 
in Wofford Heights. They es- 
tablished a tungsten mill on a 
hillside near Kelso Creek. In 
1957, Dr. Engel began wori< in 
oceanography at the Naval 
Ordinance Test Station at China 
Lake and they moved there for 
a few years where she contin- 
ued giving lessons in French 
and art. In 1966, Rene retired 
and they returned to Wofford 
Heights. 

She continued her involve- 
ment with various art and his- 
torical groups and made many 
paintings of flowers and land- 
scapes. Muchof hereariierworic 
was in portraiture, in micro- 
graphically detailed pen and 
ink sketches and paintings of 
scenes around the worid. As 
she grew older and her eyesight 
began to deteriorate, she con- 
centrated on floral studies. Al- 
though most of her eariier wori< 
was finely detailed, she became 
in the later years a 
neoimpressionist. 

Marcelle was a member of 
the Cunningham Gallery in 
Bakersfield, Art Chairman, of 
the Kern River South Fork 
Womens Club in Weldon. a 
member of the Kern Valley Art 
Association in Kemville and of 
the Desert Art Leaaue in China 
Lake. When health pemnitted, 
she attended St. Jude Church 
in Wofford Heights. She spoke 
English, French and Spanish 
fluently. With her passage the 
area has lost a true citizen of 
the worid and one of its cultural 



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A memorial mass will be held 
at Saint-Jude Catholic Church 
in Wofford Heights on Thurs- 
day, August 3, 1995, at 11:00 
a.m. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the care of the 
Bonnewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Max E. Chappell 

Funeral services were held 
August 8, 1995 at Ingiewood 
Park Cemetery, Ingiewood, 
California, for Max E. Chappell, 
age 72. He passed away on 
August 2, 1995, at his home in 
Weldon, California, after a 
lengthy illness. Max was born 
March 14. 1913inLyman, Utah. 
He loved the Kern River Valley 
and especially the view of the 
lake from his home in Weldon 
where he had lived for 5-1/2 
years. He was a member of the 
Moose Lodge, Kern River Val- 
ley Historical Society, the 
Democrat Club and the Ameri- 
can Association of Retired 
Persons. 

He is survived by his wife, 
Kathy Chappell; his daughter, 
Evelynn Glynn, of West Hills, 
California; his daughter Sandra 
Hopkins of Norco, California; 
his brother Neill Chappell of 
Salt Lake City, Utah, and his 
sister Mildred Wood of Lyman. 
Utah; his stepdaughter Re- 
becca Winson of New York City, 
and his stepson James McKean 
of Santa Maria, California. He 
is also survived by 13 grand- 
children and several great- 
grandchildren. He was pre- 
ceded in death by a sorv. Elijah 
Chappell; a daughter, Peggy 
Starn; two grandsons, Scott 
Bufkin and Billy Chappell and 
recently by his stepson. Jack 
McKean, Jr. 

Max's funeral was a family 
affair, with his son-in-law Rob- 
ert Hopkins officiating. The 
eulogy was given by his son 
Russell, and the grave was 
dedicated by his brother Neill. 
His grandson Joshua Chappell 
read his favorite poem, "It Takes 
a Heap of Livin'" by Edgar 
Guest. Pall bearers were 
grandsons, Don and David 
Starn, and Bruce Bufkin, 
grandson Marine Jeremy 
Chappell, friend Earl Melson. 
and stepson James McKean. 
Max farmed and broke 
horses as a young man in Utah. 
Later, he worked in the Los 
Angeles area as a manager for 
garment cutting companies. 

He is also survived by dear 
friends Gloria and Earl Melson 
who brough Kathy and Max to 
the Lake Isabella area for the 

fir<:t timp in .liilv nf 19R9 



Wednes day, Augu st 9, 199 5 

In lieu of flowers, contribu- 
tions may be made to Hoffman 
Hospice' of the Valley. They 
made a great effort to make his 
last days comfortable. Ar- 
rangements were by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wanda Ruth 
Harrison 



Wanda R. Harrison, age 67 
of Bolivar, MO, died at 5:00 
a.m. Thursday, July 20, 1995 
at Cox Medical Center South in 
Springfield, MO. after a linger- 
ing illness. 

She was born in Laclede 
County Missouri and was a 
retired waitress. She was a 
former resident of Kernville. CA 
and a member of the First 
BaptistChurch of Kernville. She 
was also a past member of the 
Eastern Starat Jamesport. MO. 

Sun/iving is her husband, 
Loomer Harrison of the home, 
two sisters, Mrs. Myra Erickson 
of Mission Viejo, CA and Mrs. 
Marilyn Stempel of Ottumwa, 
Iowa also two brothers, John 
W. Massey of Liberty, MO and 
Wilbert L. Massey of Springfield, 
MO. -T. 

Funeral sen/ices were held 
Saturday.Juiy22, 1995at10:30 
a.m. in the Butler Funeral Home 
in Bolivar, MO with the Rev. 
Ray Leininger officiating. Burial 
was in the Mt. Rose Cemetery 
at Lebanon, MO with the Rev. 
Don Anderson officiating under 
the direction of the Butler Fu- 
neral Home of Bolivar, MO. 
Memorial contributions may be 
made to the American Cancer 
Society. 

Agnes Lenoir 
Parker 



Private arrangements were 
made for Agnes Lenoir Parker 
of Lake Isabella. Mrs. Parker 
ws born October 7, 1908 in 
Perris, Texas and passed away 
July 31 . 1995 in Mt. Mesa. She 
had been a resident of Lake 
Isabella for the past 5 years 
and a member of the Church of 
Christ in Ml. Mesa. She is sur- 



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vived by her daughter and son- 
in-law Margaret and Bo Wil- 
liams of Lake Isabella and 
daughter Mary Lou Hensley of 
San Fernando Valley, 6 
grandchildren and 11 great 
grandchildren. Arrangements 
by Valley Mortuary. 

Joyce Rose Jones 

Funeral services were held 
for Joyce R. Jones on 
Wednesday, August 2, 1 995 in 
the Valley Mortuary Chapel. 
Joyce was bom on August 9, 
1927 In North Loup, Nebraska 
to Sidney E. Wilson and Mua 
Alice Lane. Joyce married 
Clifford "Casey" Jones on 
February 4th, 1945, in Las 
Vegas, Nevada. 

They lived in Bakersfield until 
1971 before coming to the Kern 
Valley. They opened the Kern 
Valley Auto Body shop in 
Wofford Heights and operated 
it for many years until his re- 
tirement in 1990. Joyce was 
very active within the local 
community. She and Casey 
were always among the first 
sponsors for any communi^/ or 
charitable event. As a result of 
her community involvement, 
she was the first woman ever 
elected to be mayor of Whiskey 
Flat Days. 

She has been fighting the 
cancer battle for several years 
and after a brief stay in Memorial 
Hospital in Bakersfield, she died 
on July 29, 1995. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of more than 50 years, 
Clifford "Casey" Jones; their 
sons, Clifford "Pug" Jones and 
his wife Norma; and Keith "Mick" 
Jones and his wife Lynda; their 
daughter Debbra R. Jones who 
predeceased her; four grand- 
children. Michael Jones, Cliffie 
Jones, Carrie Valdez and 
Sondae Jones, and five great- 
grandchildren. Her mother, Rua 
Collett, lives in Lake Isabella. 
Joyce is also survived by her 
sister Margery and family and 
her many friends. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary Donations may be 
made in Joyce's memory to the 
American Cancer Society, 1523 
California Street, Bakersfield, 
CA 93304. 



Wednesday, August 16. 1995 



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Forrest Byron 
Holmes 

Memorial services were held 
Saturday August 12, 1995, at 
1 1 :00 A.M. at Shepherd of the 
Hills Lutheran Church for 
Forrest Byron Holmes. Offici- 
ating was Dr. Marvin D. Moon. 
Mr. Holmes was born January 
20, 1929 in Clovis, California 
and passed away August 8, 
1 995 in Bakersfield, California. 
He was a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for 5 years. He 
was a member of the Moose. 
California State Teachers Re- 
tirement Union, the Lake Isa- 
bella Symphony Orchestra and 
the Shepherd of the Hills 
Lutheran Church. While in the 
Navy he played in the Navy 
band and he also played with 
several name bands during the 
Big Band era. He had a teach- 
ing career for 32 years in the 
Fresno and Big Bear areas. He 
is survived by his wife of 8 
years Irene Holmes of Bodfish, 
son Zane Holmes of Cherry 
Valley, daughter Evette Rose 
of Big Bear Lake, step-son 
Steven Beck of San Diego, 
step- daughter Anne McCoiium 
of Lone Pine, 2 brothers Bill 
Homes of Las Vegas and Jim 
Holmes of Clayton, Ca. Sister 
Mary Ann ymothsrs ot rresno 
and 5 grandchildren and 5 

flowers donations rnay be rnade 
to tno ons^-nyfu oi tns riins 
Lutheran Church or the Lake 

Arrangements by Valley M.or- 
lusry. 



Earle Stockman 
Parker 

Funeral services were held 
in the Rose Chapel of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home on 
Thursday, August 10, 1995, at 
11:00 A.M. for Lake Isabella 
resident Earle S. Parker, 75. 
Private inurnment followed at 
Union Cemetery in Bakersfield. 
Earle was born July 1 9, 1 920 in 
Fredrick, Wisconsin. He spent 
his early years in Daylon, Ohio 
and lived most of his adult life in 
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Earle 
was a veteran of both the 
Second World War and the 
Korean War. He sen/ed in the 
Coast Guard during World War 
II and then in the Navy during 

ifie Korean War. Earfe worked 
for many years as an insurance 
agent. He was a very unique 
and special man and will not be 
forgotten by his loving family 
and friends. He had been a 
.-•esidsnt of Lake Isabella for the 
past three years having moved 
here from Palmdaie. He was a 
member of the Palmdaie Lodge 
of the B.P.O. E. hade is surv-ived 
by his wife Gloria of Lake isa- 
bella. b^'tWQ so.ns Earle .^arker 
of Palmdaie and Brian Parker 
of Sylmar, two daughters Qale 
Gibson ot Lake Isabella and 
Cynthia Moore of Lancaster, 
oy one sisier Cieo Law of Or- 
egon and by seven grandchil- 
u! en, three great granaGn!!a.''en 
and by many friends. Tne ser- 
y iues were entrusted to tne Gal's 
of the Bonneweii Family of the 
LcsKe Isaueilft Fu.neral Home. 



Amy M. Nyhuis 

Private inurnment was held 
for Mrs. Amy M. Nyhuis, 76. 
She passed away at the 
Ridgecrest Community Hospi- 
tal on Saturday evening .August 
5. She was born in Chicago, 
Illinois on February 20, 1919, 
She attended school in 
Glenellyn, Illinois where she met 
and married her husband Pe- 
ter. In 1944 she and her hus- 
band moved to Westchester, 

CA. In 1971 they started com- 
ing to their weekend retreat at 
Lake Isabella and in 1977 
moved here. Amy loved to swim 
and enjoyed sailing. She was a 
memberoftheWofford Heights 
Society of Christian Science, 
the Order of the Eastern star, 
and Kaph chapter of Golden 
Siipper. She is survived by her 
husband Peter Nyhuis of Lake 
Isabella, by two sons Peter An- 
drew Nyhuis and Dean Allen 
Nyhuis, by three grandchildren, 
one great grandchild and by 
one great g.reat granddaughter 
Mali-sa Marie Snyder and by 
many friends. The services 
were entrusted to ihs cars of 
the Bonneweii Family of the 
Lake isabeiia funeral Homg. 



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Wednesday. August 16. 1995 



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Edgar Austin 
Rucker 

Memorial services were held 
Saturday August 12, 1995 at 
2:00 p.m. at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel for Edgar Austin 
Rucker. Officating was Pastor 
Robbie Robinson of the Weldon 
Southern Baptist Church. Mr. 
Rucker was born March 16, 
1 91 4 in Dover, Tennessee and 
passed away August 9 1 995 in 
Mt. Mesa, California. He was a 
resident of Barstow for over 40 
years before moving to the Kern 



River Valley in 1 980. He was a 
member of the Kiwanis Club, 
and instrumental in starting the 
Little League and was the dis- 
trict coordinator for the Boy 
Scouts, he was very involved in 
the community activities all in 
Barstow. He was an avid hunter 
and fisherman. He is sun/ived 
by his wife of 1 7 years, Jessie 
Rucker of Onyx, his daughters 
Carol Rabackerof San Bernar- 
dino and Alta Jean Richardson 
of Victorville and step-daugh- 
ters Katharine Orton of Mt. 
Mesa, Linda Beacham of 
Meadow Valley, and Jane Hill 
of Ridgecrest, his brother Frank 
Rucker of Florida and 10 
grandchildren and 8 greal^ 
grandchildren. Arrangements 
by Valley Mortuary. 



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Eugene Henry 
Stem per 

Memorial sen/ices were held 
in the Rose Chapel of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home on 
Monday August 7, 1 995, at 1 :00 
P.M. for Eugene H. Stemper 
,79. He passed away at his 
Kernville residence on Friday, 
August 2. Private inurnment 
was held. Eugene was born in 
California on July 30, 1 91 6. He 
worked for many years as a 
heavy equipment operator and 
had resided in Kernville for the 
past fifteen years having moved 
here from Bullhead City, Ari- 
zona. He loved to travel, and 
enjoyed fishing and hunting. 
Eugene is survived by his 
brother-in-law Albert Morgan of 
Rosamond and by several 
nieces and nephews and may 
friends. The services were en- 
trusted to the care of the 
Bonnewell Family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Edward G. 
McCrory 

Funeral services were con- 
ducted on Monday, August 7, 
1 995 at 2:00 P.M. in the Valley 



Mortuary Chapel for Edward 
G. McCrory, 74. of Wofford 
Heights. Mr. Ellis Mills, past 
master of the Kernville Masonic 
Lodge #827. F&AM officiated. 
The eulogy was given by Mr. 
Tom McKinney. Mr. McCrory 
was bom March 12, 1921 In 
Ponchatoula, Louisiana and 
was a 19 year valley resident. 
He and his wife owned the El 
Vaquero Restaurant in Wofford 
Heights for 1 8 years. He was a 
member of the Kernville Lodge 
#827, F&AM. Mr. McCrory was 
also an avid bowler and a 
member of the Tournament 
Club. Survivors include his wife, 
Bea McCrory of Wofford 
Heights, his son and daughter- 
in-law, Lee and Sharon 
McCrory of Mandiville, Louisi- 
ana, daughters Laurie Kinney 
of Wofford Heights, Connie 
Peters of Valencia, Cindy 
Nelson of Gypsum, Colorado 
and Susie Burgos of Dallas, 
Texas, a sister Clara Lott and a 

brother William McCrory, both 
of Ponchatoula, Louisiana, and 
13 grandchildren. Arrange- 
ments by Valley Mortuary, Lake 
Isabella. 



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Tanya Carleen 
Pippenger 

Funeral services were held 
at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, 
August 17, 1995, for Tanya 
Carleen Pippenger, age 19, of 
Mt. Pulaski, Illinois. Marvin 
Flowers officiated at Holland & 
Barry Funeral Home, Lincoln, 
Illinois. Burial followed in Elkhart 
Cemetery, Elkhart, Illinois. 
Visitation was held on August 
16, 1995, at the funeral home. 
Tanya was born on July 14, 
1976 in Lincoln, Illinois, the 
daughter of Jerry and Jan 
Johnston Pippenger. She 
passed away at 6:28 a.m. on 
Monday, August 14, 1995, in 
Sangamon Co., Illinois. 

She was a 1994 grauate of 
Mt. Pulaski High School and 
was employed by Circuit City in 
Springfield, Illinois. Tanya was 
Best Model, Best Smile winner 
in the American Beauty Contest 
in 1987. She was Miss Ameri- 
can Pageant Sweetheart run- 
ner-up only to her sister, Tiffani. 
She was also a member of the 
Outback Bungee Jumping 
Club. 

She enjoyed sports - in and 
out of school - and was on 
many all-conference teams In 
various schools in California, 
Missouri and Illinois. She en- 
joyed horseback riding, swim- 
ming, the mountains, and the 
people she came in contact 
with. She left a good impression 
on all she met. Tanya loved life 
to the fullest. 

She was preceded in death 
by her grandfather, Norman 
Pippenger and her uncle Mark 
Pippenger. Tanya is survived 
by her father and stepmother, 
Jerry and Caylyn Fuhrer 
Pippenger of Mt. Pulaski; her 



Wednesday, August 23, 1995 



mother, Jan Pippenger of 
ekterefield. California; paternal 

jTandmother. . Marianne 
Pippenger of Spnngfield ma- 
ternal grandmother Dorthy 
Johnston of Uncoln; paternal 
stepgrandmother Irene 
Pippenger of Poplar Qm. 
Missouri; sister T.tfam 
PiDpenger of Bakersfield. Cali- 
&ltepsisterTam.Roge^^ 
of Los Angeles. California, 
stepbrotherl Todd Snyder of 
Plant City, Florida; Deron 
Powell and Eric Powell, both of 

BKington. Illinois; uncles 
RobPippengerofMis^unand 

Jim Pippenger of Elkhart, llli- 
nrte;nie£sandnephew.Cariy 
Powell. Sarah Snyder and 

Patrick Zelnick. -^ ~~^... 
' Memorials may benwde to. 

RivertonFire&.Rescue Squad 
Riverton. Illinois, or to the M. 
Pulaski Ambulance, Mt. 
Pulaski. Illinois. 



Edward Fenton 
Allard 

Private interment will be held 
at a later date for Lake Isabella 
resident Edward F. Allard, age 
72. He passed away in a 
Bakersfield hospital on Monday 
morning, August 14, 1995. 
Edward was born in Los An- 
geles on August 28, 1922. He 
received his education there 
and spent most of his adult life 
in the Los Angeles area. 

He was a World War II vet- 
eran having served in the U.S. 
Army and in the U.S. Navy 
Reserve. He was retired from 
Ralph's Grocery Stores where 
he worked for many years as a 
tmck driver. 

Edward was a past com- 
mander of the Granada Hills 
Veterans of Foreign Wars and 
was a member of the Loyal 
Order of Moose. He loved the 
out of doors and enjoyed fish- 
ing. 

Edward was preceded in 
xteatlrbytTis wife Atiene Allard, 
just four months ago. He is 
survived by three sons Tom 
Allard of Seattle, Washington; 
Mike Nelson of Commerce, 
Michigan; and John Allard of 
Tehachapi; by two daughters 
Charlen Tozier of Seattle, 
Washington; and Jackie Vogel 
of Woodland Hills, California; 
by nine grandchildren and many 
friends. 

Private inurnment was held 
at Union Cemetery in Bakers- 
field. 

The services were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonnewell 
family of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. 



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Wednesday, August 23, 1995 



Edward M. Alsop 

Funeral services for Edward 

M Alsop, age 79, were held on 

jyiondaj^, August 21, 1995, at 

thelllOO a.m. inlhe"VaIIey" 
Mortuary Chapel. Burial fol- 
lowed in the Riverside National 
Cemetery in Riverside, Cali- 
fornia. Officiating was Pastor 
Mel Rich of the Olive Knolls 
Church of the Nazarene in 
Bakersfield and the Kem River 
Valley Lodge #827. F.&A.M. 

A 20-year Wofford Heights 
resident, Mr. Alsop was born 
October 27, 1915 in Brooklyn, 
New York, and entered into rest 
on August 16, 1995, in a 
Bakersfield hospital. He entered 
the U.S. Army in 1934 as a 
private and retired as a Lt. 
Colonel in 1 964. Mr. Alsop was 
a member of the Retired 
Officer's Association, the Ma- 
sonic Lodge^ Ejks Lodge and 
the Shrfriers. " 

Survivors include his wife 
Ethel, with whom he shared 12 
really good years; a son Rich- 
ard Alsop of Bakersfield; a 
daughter Margaret Clark of San 
Diego; a step-daughter 
Diannah Close of Ontario; a 
step-son Charles Weiss of 
Hacienda Heights; eight 
grandchildren and a great- 
granddaughter Merissa. Mr. 
Alsop was a very giving man 
and will be missed by all who 
knew and loved him. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial 
donations may be made to the 
Shriners Crippled Childrens 
Hospital , 3 1 60 Geneva St. , Los 
Angeles, CA 90020. 

Services under the direction 
of Valley Mortuary, Lake Isa- 
bella. 



Betty Marion 
Larsen 

Graveside funeral services 
were held in the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights on Monday, August21, 
1 995, at 1 :30 p.m. for Mrs. Betty 
Marion Larsen, age 78. She 
passed away in a Bakersfield 
hospital on Thursday morning, 
August 17, 1995. Betty was 
born in St. Pau', Minnesota on 
January 25, 1917, she spent 
her early years and received 
her education there. 

In 1951, she moved to Los 
Angeles and resided there until 
comingto the lake area in 1972. 
Betty enjoyed the out of doors 
and loved to fish. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band Arden of Wofford Heights; 
by one son Dave McVeety of 
Pocatello, Idaho; one daughter 
Kathy Stewart of Norco, Cali- 
fornia; by one sister Vivian 
Schutte of Santa Ana, Califor- 
nia; by five grandchildren and 
by many friends. 

The services were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonnewell 
family of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
nejaLHome.-. . 



Raymond Boice 
Voyles 

Graveside funeral services 
were held in the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights on Thursday. August 
17, 1995, at 11 :30 a.m. for Mr. 
Raymond Boice Voyles, age 
69. Reverend Robert Coy, 
Pastor of the Wofford Heights 
Assemblyof God officiated. Mr. 
Voyles was born in Lucora, 
Arkansason Novembers, 1925 
and passed away at his Wofford 
Heights residence on Tuesday 
morning, August 15, 1995. 

He was retired from ITT 
Gilfillan where he was em- 
ployed for many years as a 
security guard. Mr. Voyles had 
resided In Wofford Heights 
since 1 988 having moved here 
from Van Nuys, California. 

He was predeceased by his 
wife Rita who passed away in 
1 994. Mr. Voyles is survived by 
one son and his wife Raymond 
J. and Mar.a A. Voyles of 
Palmdale; by two daughters 
Mona and her husband Myles 
Allen of Wofford Heights and 
Jennie Jones of Bodfish; by 
two sisters Mae Decker of 
Lancaster, California, and 
Juanita Eckstom of San Ber- 
nardino. California; by five 
grandchildren Lisa Howard, 
Kevin and Patrick Voyles and 
David and Cindy Allen; and by 
one great-granddaughter 
Meagan Howard, several 
nieces and nephews and by a 
host of friends. 

The services were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonnewell 
family of Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Wednesday, August 30, 1995 



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Lillian Pearl 
McVey 

A visitation and wake sen/ice 
were held Thursday, August 
24, 1995, at Valley Mortuary for 
Lillian Pearl McVey. A funeral 
mass was held Friday, August 
25, 1995, at 11:30 a.m. at St. 
Jude's Catholic Church. Offici- 
ating was Rev. Father Charles 
Casale. Interment and 
graveside services were Sat- 
urday, August 26, 1995, at 
1 1 :00 a.m. at All Souls Cem- 
etery in Long Beach, California. 

Mrs. McVey was born in 
Sioux City, Iowa on December 
21, 1916 and passed away in 
Mt! Mesa, California on August 



23 1995. She has been a 
resident of the Kern River Val- 
ley for 30 years. She was an 
active member of the Moose, 
Elks, Eagles and Catholic 
Daughters and the Altar Soci- 
ety, prior to her illness she was 
pastpresidentof the South Fork 
Womans Club and past Kem 
District President of the SFWC. 
She is survived by her son 
Harold McVey of Missouri; 
daughter Patricia Stickman of 
Temecula. California; daughter 
Mary J. Deese of Buena Park, 
California; daughter Sharon 
Lee McVey, also of Buena Park; 
daughter Christine Cheryl 
Middleton of Wofford Heights; 
13 grandchildren, six step- 



grandchildren; 24 great- 
grandchildren; 11 step-great- 
grandchildren; and two great- 
great-grandchildren. She was 
dearly loved by all. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
may be made to the American 
Lung Association. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wed nesd ay. Septem bfr_6iqq5 



Eleanor 
Harris-Sanders 

Memorial services were held 
Saturday, September 2. 1 995. 
at the Moose Lodge in Lake 
Isabella for Eleanor Harris- 
Sanders. She was born in 
Lankenshire, England on De- 
cember 19, 1911 and passed 
away in Mt. Mesa, Califomia, 
on August 31, 1995. 

She has been a resident of 
Weldon and the Kern River 
Valley for 25 years. She was a 
member of the Eagles and past 
president of the Women of the 
Moose. 

Eleanor is survived by her 
daughter Jennie Grey of 
Bakersfield; her grandson Che 
Harris of Weldon; grand- 
daughter Michele Vanerii of 
Mississippi: two great-grand- 
dauQhters Megan and Stephine 
Vanerii of Mississippi; also her 
niece Jean Galusha of 
Westminister and her nephew 
Harold Richardson of Seal 
Beach. California. 



Gertrude Agnes 
Cunningham 

Funeral services were held 
Thursday. August 31, 1995, at 
10.00 a.m. at the Family Life 
Center in Wofford Heights for 
Gertrude Agnes Cunningham. 
Officiating was Pastor Jerry 
Ruff. Interment followed at the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery. 

Mrs. Cunningham was born 
December 7, 1923 in Los An- 
geles, California, and passed 
away August 28, 1995. in 
Bakersfield, California. 

She has been a resident of 
Weldon for three years and a 
member of the Family Life 
Center and the Historical So- 
ciety. She and her husband 
were retired pastors in the Four 
Square Churches in and around 
the country and she played the 
piano. At 69 years of age, she 
took her first river raft ride down 
the Kern River with her son and 
grandson. She will be greatly 
missed. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 










WEDNresMV^^lfriMBIR-6,19_95 



Robert Wheeland 
Keith 

Private services and 
inurnment were held for Robert 
Keith, age 86, who entered into 
rest in Bakersfieid at Memorial 
Hospital on August 25, 1 995, at 
3:25 in the afternoon. 

Robert was born to Walter 
and Emily Keith on April 1 6, 
1919, in Freeport, Illinois. 

His early years and school- 
ing were spent in Freeport, Illi- 
nois. Robert came to California 
in 1931 at the age of 22. He 
worked on a farm in Paso 
Robles, California, as a cow- 
hand. After several years he 
moved to Ames, Iowa, and 
joined the Navy Sea Bee's and 
served his country overseas. 
While overseas, he earned the 
Victory Medal in WWII, Philip- 
pine Liberation, 2 stars and the 
Asiatic Pacific 1 star. 

After World War 1 1 , he stayed 
in California where he owned 
and operated a paint store in 
Los Angeles. Later he worked 
at Don Lee's Paint Store in 
Tujunga, California. Then he 
worked at the Mullins Paint 
Store in North Hollywood. 

He came to the lake area in 
July of 1 995 and really enjoyed 
his two months in Wofford 
Heights. He really loved the 
lake area. He is survived by his 
dauahter. DorthvCrothers. who 
is moving at this time to reside 
in Kernville with her husband, 
one grandson, Jeff Crothers, of 
Three Rivers, California, and a 
granddaughter Lonnie Whitten 
of Tujunga, California. 

The services were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonnewell 
family of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. 



Jack Donald 
Kukura 

Graveside services were 
held Friday. September 1 . 1 995 
at 1 1 :00 a.m. at the Historical 
Kem River Valley Cemetery in 
Wofford Heights. California for 
Jack Donald Kukura. Officiating 
was Pastor John Carpenter of 
the Kemville United Methodist 
Church. 

Mr. Kukura was bom Sep- 
tember 10. 1926. in Bell, Cali- 
fornia, and passed away August 
28, 1995 in Ridgecrest, Cali- 
fornia. He has been a resident 
of Kernville for the past six 
years. He has been a member 
oftheVFWPost#1732 in South 
Gate from 1945. Also he was 
an active member of the Gear 
Grinders Car Club #1 2 and the 
Kem River Valley Fish Hatch- 
ery and the Bakersfieid Team- 
sters Retirees for 40 years and 
the Kem Valley Gun Club and 

the NRA. ^^ 

He is survived by his wife of 
47 years Helen Kukura of 
Kemville; son John Kukura of 
West Plains. Missouri; daugh- 
ter Christine Kuduk of 
Wrightwood, California; sister 
Mary Klingensmith of Long 
Beach, California and four 
grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, September 13, 1995 



Ingeborg 
Charlotte Sanders 

Private services and inter- 
ment were held for Ingeborg 
Chariotte Sanders, age 59. She 
was bom August 28, 1935 in 
Berlin, Germany and passed 
away at the local hospital on 
August 24, 1995. 

Mrs. Sanders spent her 
childhood and early adult years 
in Germany where she met and 
mam^ed her husband who was 
a cafeer Amriy man. In 1962 
she moved with her family to 
the United States. She came to 
the lake area in 1 980 from San 
Pedro and had been residing in 
Wofford Heights at the time of 
her passing. 

She is survived by one 
daughter Barbara Sanders of 
Wofford Heights; one son 
Robert Sanders of Ridgecrest 
and by many friends. 

Private inurnment was held. 
The services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonnewell family 
of Lake Isabella Funeral Home 



Louis Henry 
Lease 

Memorial services were held 
Sunday, September 10, 1995, 
at2:00 p.m. atthe Moose Lodge 
In Lake Isabella for Louis Henry 
Lease. Mr. Lease was born 
August 7, 1929 in Saranac 
Lake, New York, and passed 
away September 5, 1995, in 
Mt. Mesa, California. 

He has been a resident of 
Wofford Heights for four years. 
He was a member of the Moose 
Lodge and was very active in 
the senior dances and he and 
his wife took line dance classes. 

He is survived by his wife of 
46 years Marilyn of Wofford 
Heights; his sons Dean Lease 
of Lakewood, California; son 
Barry Lease of Lake Tahoe; 
son Scott Lease of Wofford 
Heights; son Dana Lease of 
Carson City and daughter 
Laurie Lease of Wofford 
Heights and eight grandchildren 
and his mother Mabel Lease of 
Wofford Heights. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 






Arthur Thomas 
Martin 

Funeral services were held 
in the Rose Chapel of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home on Fri- 
day. September 8. 1995. at 
10:00 a.m. for Arthur Thomas 
Martin, age 34. Pastor Deryl 
Lackey of the Lake Isabella 
Southern Baptist Church offi- 
ciated. Committal services and 
interment followed at the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights. Casketbearers 
were his three brothers Charles 
Martin Jr., Jeffrey Martin, and 
Bradford Martin and friends 
Jerry Allen, J.R. Hansard, and 
Wade Michau. Arthur passed 
away in Silver Springs, Nevada 
on Saturday, September 2, 
1995. 

He was born in Grand Rap- 
ids, Michigan on November 1 1 , 
1960. While still an infant, he 
moved with his family to the 
Sunland, Tujunga area where 
he resided until coming to the 
lake area in 1969, where he 
has resided since. He was self- 
employed doing mobilehome 
set-up and installations. 

Arthur is survived by his 
parents Charles J. M artin Sr. 

and Ethel Rosalie Martin of Lake 
Isabella; two sons Jacob Mar- 
tin of Southlake and James 
Martin of Quincy. Washington; 
two daughters Charlene Martin 
of Quincy, Washington and 
Cheryl Martin of Southlake; 
three brothers Charles J. Mar- 
tin Jr. of Colorado Springs, 
Colorado; Jeffrey Martin of 
Bensalem. Pennsylvania; and 
Bradford Martin of Nashville. 
Tennessee; six sisters Jackie 
SanDiego of Tehachapi; 
Deborah Baker of Ridgecrest; 
Pamela Allen of Ridgecrest; 
Catherine Smith of Ridgecrest; 
Tammie Lathrop of Tehachapi; 
and Patty Burke of Ridgecrest. 
He is also survived by numer- 
ous aunts, uncles, nieces, 
nephews and many friends. 

The services were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonnewell 
family of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. 



Wednesday, September 13^ 1995 



Alonzo Lee Dixon 

Memorial sen/ices were held 
at the Eagles Aerie #3156 in 
Mt. Mesa on Saturday, Sep- 
tember 9, 1 995, at 1 :00 p.m. for 
Alonzo Lee Dixon Jr., age 82. 
Officiating were the officer and 
members of Eagles Aerie_ 



#3156, Loyal Order of Moose 
Lodge #498, and Veterans of 
Foreign Wars Post #7665. 
Committal services and inter- 
ment were held at Forest Lawn 
Sunnyside in Long Beach on 
Tuesday, September 1 2, 1 995, 
at 2:00 p.m. He passed away at 
his Lake Isabella residence on 
Monday morning September4, 
1995. 

Mr. Dixon was bom in Butler, 
Missouri, on July 7, 1913. He 
was a veteran having sen/ed in 
the U.S. Anmy during the Sec- 
ond World War and again 
served in the U.S. Air Force 
during the Korean War. Mr. 
Dixon was a retired inspector 
for General Motors from which 
he retired after 32 years of 
service. He had resided in Lake 
Isabella since 1980. Mr. Dixon 
was a member of the Veterans 
of Foreign Wars, the Fraternal 
Order of Eagles, the Benevolent 
& Protective Order of Elks, and 
the Loyal Order of Moose. 

He is survived by his wife 
Jeannie Dixon of Lake Isabella; 
one son Steven Dixon of 
Westminster; three grandchil- 
dren and by many friends. 

The services were entrusted 

to the care of the Bonnewell 
family of Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. . 



Wednesday. September 20. 1995 



05 



Kurtis James 
Garrido 

Services were held today at 
the Foursquare Gospel Family 
Life Center in Wofford Heights 
for Kurtis James Garrido, age 1 
year, 1 1 months, at 11:00 a.m. 
with Pastor Brian Polston offi- 
ciating. 

His short life came to an end 

early in the afternoon, Tues- 
day, September 12, 1995. His 
grandmother, Sharon Thomp- 
son, saw a runaway truck 
heading towards Kurtis. She 
made an attempt to rescue him, 
but was unsuccessful. In her 
attempt to rescue him, she too 
was mn over by the unoccupied 
pickup, and remains in a 
Bakersfield hospital with a 
fractured back. Her motherly 
love forced her to endanger her 
own life in an attempt to save 
his. 

Kurtis is survived by his lov- 
ing parents, Jason and Tiffany 
Garrido, of Kemville. His ma- 
ternal grandparents Jeff and 
Sharon Thompson of Lake 
Isabella; paternal grandparents 
George and Janet Kellogg of 
South Lake Tahoe, California; 
also several aunts, uncles and 
cousins who will miss him. 

Kurtis was bom on October 
4. 1993. in Layton. Utah and 
would have been 2 years old 
his next birthday. 

Services were entrusted to 
the Bonnewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Dawn Beam 

A memorial service for Dawn 
Beam will be held at 1 p.m. on 
y/Qdnsfiay. September 20. 

Dawn passed away at her 
home on September 16. 

Bom in 1941 in Ormstown, 
Quebec, Canada, Dawn came 
to the Kem Valley in 1965. 

She was employed as a su- 
pervisory district clerk in the 
business management section 
of the U.S. Forest Sen/ice's 
Cannell Meadow District Office 
for 22 years and retired this 
March. 

During her tenure at the 
Forest Service, Dawn received 
several awards for her excep- 
tional service and will be fondly 
remembered for her cheery 
personality and ability to keep 
everyone laughing. 

Dawn was also known for 
keeping a gallery over her desk 
of all the children bom to Forest 
Service employees over the 
vears. 

She leaves to moum her 
mother, Margaret Friedmann 
of Kemville, her beloved hus- 
band Denton, her three chil- 
dren, Dorelle Wallace of Lk. 
Isabella, Michael Robidouxand 
wife Coleen of Bakersfield, 
Monique Alvidrez and husband 
Gary of Kemville, one grand- 
child. Shae Wallace of Ui. Isa- 
bella, two brothers Arthur 
Hunter of Ottawa. Canada, and 
Kirk Hunter, of Ontario. Canada. 
Numerous other relatives and 
all of her many friends will 
deeply miss Dawn. 

Interment will be at the Kem 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights. 



William Herman 
Russell 

A memorial service was held 
Thursday. September 14, 1 995, 
at 9:00 a.m. at Kem River Valley 
Cemetery for William Herman 
Russell. Eulogy was given by 
Bob Salyer. 

Mr. Russell was bom April 
20. 191 5 in Pomona. California, 
and passed away in Wofford 
Heights on September9, 1995. 
He was a resident of Wofford 
Heights for 18 years. 

He was a retired Pipe Fitter 
and WWII Veteran. William was 
known very well at the Kemville 
Golf Course. He was past 
president and Corporation Di- 
rector of the golf course. 

William is sun/ived by his 
wife of 43 years Frances and 
two sisters-in-law, Fern Allen 
of Torrance, California, and 
Faith Gold of Placentia, Cali- 
fornia. He will be missed by all 
his friends and family. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wrdnesday, Sfptember 20, 1993 _ 



Vera Jo Hoy 

Graveside services were 
held at 1:00 p.m on Wednes- 
day September 13. 1995. tor 
Verk Jo Hoy at the Kern Riyer 
Valley Cemetery. Officiating 
was Pastor Deryl Uckey of the 
Mt View Southern Baptist 
Church of Lake Isabella. 

Mrs Hov was born July 2/^. 
1932 in Tonkawa. Oklahoma, 
and passed away on Septem- 
ber 9. 1995. In Bakersfield 
California. She was a resident 
ot Weldon tor 10 years. . . 

She is survived by her loving 
husband. Barney M. Hoy. of 28 
years; daughter Robin Warino 
of Utah; daughter Carol Bak of 
Garden Grove. California; son 
Robert Corkhill of Hemet. 
California; son KirkHoyofPaso 

Robles. California: son David 
Hoy of Colorado; 1 1 grandchi - 
dren; seven great-grandchil- 
dren; brother Ken Bledsoe of 
Weldon; sisters Mary Shanley 
of Wofford Heights and Wanda 
Harrison of Temecula, Califor- 
nia. She will be deeply missed 
by all who knew and loved her. 
Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Sharon Kay 
Castle 

Services for Sharon Kay 
Castle, age 59. were held on 
Tuesdav September 19,1 99b. 
It fhe Eagles Lodge #3156 in 
Mt. Mesa at 2:00 p.m. with the 
Eagles officiating. 

Sharon was bom in DetrcHt 
Michigan, on August 8. 1936 
and entered into rest eariy in 
the morning on Septernber 15 
1995. at San Joaquin Hospital 
in Bakersfield. California. 

She left Detroit and came to 
Califomia in 1959, settling first 
in Canoga Pari<. then in Covina 
and finally in 1975, she moved 
to the lake area. ^ ^ ^„ 
She is survived by her son 
Bryan Boggs and daughter 
Cheryl Bonner, both of the Lake 

Isabella area. . , »ho 

Sharon belonged to the 
V F W.. and was Past Madam 
President of the Eagles Lodge 
and also a member of the dnii 
team which is an extension ot 
the Eagles. 

Services were entrusted to 
thecareoftheBonnewellfamily 
of the Uke Isabella Funeral 
Home. 






Wednesday, September 27, 1995 



Veva Jo Hoy 

Graveside services were 
held at 1 :00 p.m. on Wednes- 
day, September 13, 1995, for 
Veva Jo Hoy at the Kem River 
Valley Cemetery. Officiating 
was Pastor Deryl Lackey of the 
Mt. View Southern Baptist 
Church of Lake Isaljella. 

Mrs. Hoy was tx)m July 27, 
1932 in Tonkawa, Oklahoma, 
and passed away on Septem- 
ber 7, 1995, in Bakersfield, 
Califomia. She was a resident 
of Weldon for 1 years. 

She is survived by her loving 
husband, Barney 1^. Hoy, of 28 
years; daughter Robin Warino 
of Utah; daughter Carol Bak of 
Garden Grove. Califomia; son 
Robert Corkhill of Hemet. 
Califomia; son Kirk Hoy of Paso 
Robles, Califomia; son David 
Hoy of Colorado; 11 grandchil- 
dren; seven great-grandchil- 
dren; brother Ken Bledsoe of 
Weldon; sisters Mary Shanley 
of Wofford Heights and Wanda 
Harrison of Temecula, Califor- 
nia. She will be deeply missed 
by all who knew andloved her. 
Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Elinor Lovell 
Hammond 

Funeral arrangements were 
made for Elinor Lovell 
Hammond who passed away 
September 23. 1995, in Mt. 
Mesa, California. Mrs. 
Hammond was born January 
25, 1 897 in Mayvilie, New York 
to Guy and Vesta Mills. Her 
brother was Leslie Mills and 
sister Isabell Hatsell. She has 
been a resident of Mt. Mesa for 
three years. 

There will be graveside ser- 
vices on Octoiser 14, 1995, at 
11:00 a.m. at the Mayvilie 

Cemetery in Mayvilie, New 
York. 

She was preceded in death 
by her son Theadore Baker in 
1993. She is survived by her 
son Roger Baker of Port 
Charlott, Florida and daughters 
Roberta Angel of Bodfish and 
Mary T/enper of Talent, Or- 
egon; 11 grandchildren, 25 
great-grandchildren and one 
great-great-grandchild. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, September 27, 1995 



Glen Brant 
Woodard 

Private arrangements were 
made for Glen Brant Woodard, 
who passed away September 
18, 1995. in Mt. Mesa. Mr. 
Woodard was born Mav 4. 
1918. in Torrance, California, 
and lias lived 52 years in Kem 
County, the past eight years In 
Lake Isabella. He loved fishing 

he""®- . . „ X 

He is survived by his wife of 

57 years Louise Woodard of 
Lake Isabella; sons Robert Lee 
Woodard of Bakersfield and 
Frank Louis Woodard of Sac- 
ramento; daughters Leta Mae 
Cox and Glenda Carter, both of 
Salem, Oregon and 13 grand- 
children and many great- 
grandchildren; also sisters 
Elizabeth Havens of Bakers- 
field, Betty Snapp of Bakers- 
field, Mary Cannifax of Texas 
and Hazel Tackett of King City. 
California and many nieces and 
nephews. ,, „ 

Arrangements by Valley 

Mortuary. 



Donald R. Grenier 

Donald R. Grenier M^ed 
awayathisresidenceinBo^^^^ 
earlv in the morning of Monday. 

September ^^.^^^^Zflf 
rnumment was held wJhuM.e^ 

ment to follow at Riverside 

NationalCemeteryin Riverside. _ 

California. 

Don was bom March 6, 1 928, 
in Huntington. Massachusetts. 
He worked fortheforest service 
in Massachusetts for 25 years 
coming to California in 1975, 
and to the lake area in 1987. 

He and his wife Helen were 
married in 1978. Don was a 
Worid War II veteran having 
served in the U.S. Navy. He 
was a member of the Loyal 
Order of Moose and the Dis- 
abled American Veterans. 

Don was an excellent fly 
fisherman having won several 
awards in Massachusetts tor 
his prowess. He had a hobby of 
making farm imP'f^ents^ 
wagons, horses, etc from 
toothpicks and popsicle sticks. 
He leaves his wife Helen ot 
Bodfish; two stepchildren 
Robert Bratkovic of Bal hwin. 
Missouri and Carol A. Dicks of 
Augusta, Georgia; one sister 
Arlene Ahlfors of Prescott Va - 
ley Arizona; three grandchil- 
dren and many fnends. 

The services were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonnewel 
family. Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



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Ethor William 
(Bill) Singleton 

Bill Singleton passed away 
in Delano early in the afternoon 
ofSeptember28.1995.Bilwas 
born to Theopolis and Mary 
Singleton in Blacksprings Ar- 
kansas, on August2 1922. He 

spent his early life there but 
moved to Whitesboro. Okla- 
homa, where he attended grade 
and high school. 

After graduation from high 
school. Bill joined the Air Force 
and served dunng WorldWaril_ 
asTT^tain. After his service 
time Bill moved to Van Nuys, 
California. Then he moved and 
lived in Wasco, California for a 
short time. He came to the lake 
area 40 years ago. While here 
he developed the Starr Drilling 
and Pump Company in Lake 
Isabella. Bill then became 
owner and operator of the 
Bodfish Water Company and 
remained so for 15 years. He 
sold the water company in 1 992 
at which time he retired. 

Services were at the Church 
of the Nazarene at 1 :00 p.m. on 
Tuesday, October 3, 1 995, with 
Pastor Jack Duitsman officiat- 
ing. Burial followed at Kern River 
Valley Cemetery. 

Bill loved fishing and camp- 
ing. He especially loved being 
a cattleman and horseman. He 
also loved to play dominos, 
especially when he won. He 
was a big framed man and it 
was said this was necessary to 
house the big heart that he had. 
He was a loving and kind father. 
He loved to help in community 
projects. He was responsible 
for the score board and 
announcer's booth at Kern 
Valley High School. He was a 
great booster of the Bronc's 
and Kern Valley F.F.A. 

Bill is survived by his wife 
Diane of Bodfish; two sons, 
Leon of Visalia and Tony of Las 
Vegas; two daughters, Patricia 
Payne of Quitman, Texas, and 
Cynthia Barron of Lake Isabella; 
two brothers, Archie of Morenc 
Valley, California, and Ocus o 



WED^fESDAY, October 4, 1995 



Davis, California; one sister, 
Wilma Guthrie of Davis, Cali- 
fornia; four grandchildren and 
four great-grandchildren. 

Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonnewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Geraldine Edith 
Metten 

Geraldine Edith Metten, 
known as Jeirie to her family 
and friends, passed away on 
September 12, 1995 at Kern 
Valley Emergency Hospital, of 
psncGT 

She was born on December 
12 1927 in Salt Lake City. Utah, 
to kathryn and Kyle C. Miller. 
She was married to Donald C. 
Metten on July 19. 1955 in 
Hollywood, California. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Donald Metten of Lake 
Isabella; two sisters, June 
Clifford and Patricia Mazolla of 
Burbank; and a brother Donald 
Miller of San Francisco. 

Jeirie was a retired supervi- 
sor for the Pacific Bell Tele- 
phone Company, where she 
had been employed for over 30 
years. 



Thomas Joseph 
Whyte 

Thomas Joseph Whyte 
passed away in Lancaster, 
California at 7:30 a.m. on 
September 25. For the past 
month, he was living at the 
Lancaster Health Care Center 
to be near his son Ted. 

Private inurnment was held 
with interment to follow at 
Inglewood Memorial Park in 
Inglewood, California. 

Thomas was born Septem- 
ber 15, 1921 in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, to William and 

Mary Whyte. Tom came to 
Salinas, California, in 1963 
where he remained until 1965 
at which time he moved to the 
Los Angeles area. In 1985 he 
made his home in the lake area. 
Tom married his wife Mary af- 
ter coming to California. She 
preceded him in death. 

He was a member of the 
Kernville Historical Society. He 
also served his country in the 
Army during World War II as an 
E-5. 

He is survived by three sons: 
Theodore Whyte of Lancaster. 
California; Leonard Whyte of 
Covina. California; Thomas 
Whyte of Memphis, Tennessee; 
three grandchildren and two 
great-grandchildren. He will be 
greatly missed by all his family 
and friends. 

The services were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonnewell 
family of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. 



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Wednesday, October 4, 1995 




Vivian Elizabetli 
(Harrison) Wayne 

Private service was held for 
Vivan E. Wayne, aged 74. 
Vivian was born to Andrew and 
Ivy Harrison on April 8, 1 921 , in 
Shinnston, West Virginia. She 
passed away Thursday morn- 
ing, September 21, 1995, after 
a lengthy illness at her home 
with her family in Wofford 
Heights. 

Vivian moved to the Kern 
River Valley with her husband 
Mel and son Michael from Mar 
Vista, California, in 1973. She 
was employed as the store 



manager at Helen's Gift Shop 
in Wofford Heights and later 
joined Radio Station KVLI as 
their first radio announcer and 
was KVLI's first "Swap Shop 
Show" hostess. She had also 
worked at radio stations in West 
Virginia, Virginia, Illinois and 
California. Vivian met her hus- 
band Mel in 1950 at WRST 
Radio in Chicago. They were 
married in Paris, Illinois, No- 
vember 18. 1951. 

Vivian was a member of the 
Genealogical Society of Lake 
Isabella and a member of 
WHIGs. She was a past officer 
of the Emblem Club 1 54 of Elks 
Lodge 906 in Santa Monica, 



and LOE - KRV Elks Lodge 
2358. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band Mel and son Michael of 
Wofford Heights and daughters 
Jean McHugh of Prescott, Ari- 
zona, and Carolyn Day of 
Cadillac, Michigan; and Michele 
Earley of Aliso Viejo, California; 
four grandchildren and three 
great-grandchildren. Vivian is 
also survived by her brothers 
Bob and Richard Harrison and 
families of Shinnston, West 
Virginia, along with many, many 
friends. 

Services were entrusted to 
the Bonnewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



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Wednjesday, October 11, 1995 



Edward D. Norris 

Graveside funeral services 
and interment were held on 
Tuesday, October 10, 1995, at 
11:00 a.m. in the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights for 42-year lake area 
resident, Edward D. Norris, age 
8t. He passetf~away at his 
residence in Bodfish on 
ThufBday evening, October 5, 
1995. 

Edward was born in Boone, 
Iowa, on July 22, 1914. He met 
and married Elizabeth Fenner 
in Sturgess, South Dakota in 
1 940. Many will remember her 
as the Postmaster of Bodfish 
when the post office classifica- 
tion was changed from fourth 
class to third class. In honor of 
her, the Elizabeth Norris Road 
was named. It is the road be- 
tween the two parks in Lake 
Isabella, and serves as an on- 
ramp to Highway 1 78. 

Edward loved to hunt, fish 
and garden. He had a great 
degree on proudness when he 
would pick a carrot from his 
garden even though it may have 
cost him ten dollars to raise it. 
He drove a school bus for 23 
years for the Kernville Union 
School District. 

He is survived by one son 
and his wife Eddie and Dee 
Norris of Norris Sign Company 
of Bodfish; three grandchildren 
Carrie Lee Hunt and Stacie 
Lorrain Bohn of Lake Isabella 
and Justin Edward Norris of 
Bodfish; three great-grand- 
children Kaila Lin Hunt, Nathan 
Lloyd Hunt and Morgan Lee 
Hunt, all of Lake Isabella and 
by many loving^iends who will 
greatly miss him. 

The services were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonnewell 
family of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. - 



William David 
Mershon 

Graveside services were 
held on Thursday, October 5, 
1995. at 1 p.m. at the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights, for Mr. William 
David Mershon. Officiating 
were the officers of the Kern 
River Valley Moose Lodge 
#498. 

Mr. Mershon is survived by 
his loving wife of 47 years 
Pauline E. Mersfion; son Dave 
Mershon of Bodfish; sister 
Harriet Hunter of Portsmouth, 
Ohio; brother Dan Mershon of 
Salt Springs, Florida. 

William was born February 
28, 1915, and passed away on 
September 30, 1995, at his 
home in Bodfish, California. 

He was a member of the 
- F.O.E. #935 of Redondo Beach, 
California, as well as F.O.E 
#3156 of Mt. Mesa. He was 
also a member the Elks In 
Wofford Heights and a member 
of the Loyal Order of the Moose 
Lodge #498 in Lake Isabella. 

William Mershon will be 
missed by all who 1cnew and 
loved him. 



Vera Melgosa 

Memorial services were held 
Wednesday, October 4, 1995, 
at 11:30 at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel for Vera Melgosa. Of- 
ficiating was Rev. Father 
Charles Cadale of St. Jude's 
Catholic Church. 

She was bom November 28, 
1911 in Mexico and passed 
away October 2, 1995 in Mt. 
Mesa. She has been a resident 
of the Kern River Valley for 23 
years. She enjoyed her family, 
her cactus garden and her 
Desert Tortoises. 

Vera fs survived by her 
husband of 63 years, Alfonso 
Melgosa of Weldon; her son 
Robert Melgosa of California; 
and three daughters, Lola 
Bonfield of Carson; Virginia 
Harmening of Bakersfield; 
Gloria Campbell of El Toro, 

California; two sisters Ann 
Wyatt of Bend. Oregon and 
Jennie Espinoza of Hot Springs, 
South Dakota; nine grandchil- 
dren and twelve great-grand- 
children. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, October 18, 1995 




Ryan Emery Loren 
Young "Burke" 

Services were held for Ryan 
Young at 11:00 a.m. on 
Wednesday, October 11, 1995, 
at the Mt. View Baptist Church, 
with Senior Pastor Daryl Lackey 
officiating along with Associate 
Pastor Bert Simpson and Youth 
Pastor Jeff McCulty. Ryan was 
involved in an auto accident the 
day following his 18th birthday, 
on September 28th, and never 
regained conciousness. He en- 
tered into rest in Bakersfield on 
Octobers, 1995. 

He was born in Westminster, 
California, on September 27, 
1977. He lived his early life in 
Long Beach, moved to Ontario 
when he was 1-1/2 years old. 
Then at age five, he moved to 
Bloomington, then to San Ber- 
nardino. At 12, he moved to 
Phelan, where he lived for two 
years before moving to the lake 
area in 1991. Ryan was bap- 
tized at the age of one as a 
Catholic. He made a commit- 
ment to the Lord and was bap- 
tized in a Baptist Church on 
September 1 5, 1 989, while visit- 
ing in Georgia. 

Ryan was a senior at Kern 
Valley High School where he 
was a member of the wrestling 
team. He also sang in the choir. 
He was a member of the FFA for 
two years. Ryan loved fishing, 
and was an avid swimmer. He 
also enjoyed dirt bike riding, as 
well as biking in general. He was 
very athletic and loved skiing 
and snow boarding. He also liked 
to go horse back riding and es- 
pecially loved his animals at 
home. Ryan worked as a 
handyman and repair service. 

He is survived by his mother 
Sherry Burke; grandparents Joe 
and Doralee Parkerson, of 
Georgia, and Wilmerith Chris- 
tian; great-grandmother Una 
Butler; four brothers William 
Young of Seattle, Washington; 
Brad Burke of Houston, Texas; 
Howard Burke of Columbus, 
Georgia; and Brian Burke of 
Houston, Pennsylvania; six sis- 



ters Emma Young of Macon, 
Georgia; Lillian Burke of Wof- 
ford Heights; Cindy and Charlene 
Burke, both of Houston, Penn- 
sylvania; and Kathy and Tia 
Burke of Houston, Texas. Also 
surviving Ryan are several aunts, 
uncles and cousins. He will be 
greatly missed by all his family 
and friends. 

The services were entmsted 
to the care of the Bonnewell 
family of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. 



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Wednesday, October 18, 1995 



Walter Stille 

Funeral services were held in 
the Rose Chapel of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home on 
Wednesday, October 4, 1995, at 
1 1:00 a.m. for Weldon resident 
Walter Stille, age 53. Committal 
services and interment followed 
in the Kern River Valley Cem- 
etery in Wofford Heights. 

Walter passed away at his 
residence on Sunday morning, 
October 1 . 1 995. He was born in 
Grand Haven, Michigan, on 
December 22, 1941. He spent 
his early years and received his 
education in Michigan and at the 
age of 23 came to California, first 
settling in Torrance and then 
moving to Long Beach in 1980. 
Walter had lived in the lake area 
for the past seven years. Walter 
was a loving husband and father 
and enjoyed the out of doors and 
working in his garden. 

He is survived by his wife Linda 
of Weldon; sons Allen Stille of 
Fruitport, Michigan; Donald Stille 
serving in the U.S. Navy; John 
Reyes and Manuel Reyes of 
Yucca Valley; daughters Susette 
Russel of Harbor City, California 

and Wen^y Reyes of Lake 
Havasu, Arezona; three brothers 
Jim of Weldon; Steve of Reno, 
Nevada; and Rich of Michigan; 
two sisters Marlene Hampton of 
Dayton, Ohio, and Janet Stille of 
Ridgecrest; six grandchildren, 
several nieces, nephews and 
many friends. 

Tfie services were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonnewell 
family of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. 



Lloyd LeEarl 
Adams 

Funeral services were held 
Wednesday, October 11, 1995, 
at 1 1 :30 a.m. at the Family Life 
Center in Wofford Heights for 
Lloyd L. Adams. Officiating was 
Pastor Brian Polston. 

Mr. Adams was born April 21 , 
1918 in Lake Preston. South 
Dakota and passed away Octo- 
ber 6, 1995, in Delano, Califor- 
nia. He was 77 years old. He 
retired from McDonnell Douglas 
after 25 years. He has been a 
resident of Kernville for 1 2 years. 
And a member of the Family Life 
Center in Wofford Heights. He 
was a Master Craftsman. 

Mr. Adams was survived by 
his wife of 53 years Larene 
Adams of Kernville; sons Randy 
Adams of Echo Park, California, 
and Dennis Adams of Palmdale; 
daughter Sharon Murray of North 
Hollywood; five grandchildren 
and three great-grandchildren. 
He was loved by all who knew 
him and will be greatly missed by 
all. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, October 25, 1995 



John Sabath 

Graveside services were held 
Thursday, October 19, 1995, at 
the Kern River Valley Cemetery 
for John Sabath. Officiating was 
Pastor Deryl Lackey of Mt. View 
Southern Baptist Church in Lake 
Isabella. 

Mr. Sabath was t)om on March 
1, 1915 in Benid, Illinois and 
passed away on October 14, 



1995, in Wofford Heights. A 
resident of the Kern River Valley 
for 1 6 years, he was retired from 
the Coast Guard. 

He was preceded in death by 
his wife Ann in 1993. He is sur- 
vived by his son and daughter- 
in-law, Richard and Penny 
Sabath of Red Bluff, California; 



son and daughter-in-law, Michael 
and Elaine Sabath of El Centre, 
California; two sisters Marian 
Hemple of Chicago and Ann 
Komlose of Iowa; five grand- 
children and four great-grand- 
children. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, November 1, 1995 



Helen Lucille 
Moore 

Memorial services were held 
in the Highland Chapel United 
Methodist Church for Helen 
Lucille Moore, age 85, of Mt. 
Mesa, on Saturday, October 28, 
1 995, at 2 p.m. with Pastor Floyd 
Castillo officiating. Order of the 
Eastern Star services were also 
conducted. 

Lucille was bom on February 
16, 1910 in Rector, Arkansas, 
and passed away on October 
26, 1995, in a Bakersfield hos- 
pital. Lucille took nurses training 
in Memphis, Tennessee and 
married Robert H. Moore on 
September 22, 1934 in Kennett, 
Missouri. They lived in 
Ridgecrest for 23 years before 
moving to Mt. Mesa in 1969. 

She was a long-time member 
of the Highland Chapel United 
Methodist Church and an active 
member of the Eastern Star 
where she worked since 1958 
with the Cancer Dressing Station 
atthe Masonic Lodge. Many Kem 
Valley residents benefited from 
those dressings and any that 
weren't used in the valley were 
sent to the Cancer Society in 
Bakersfield. Lucille ran a day 
care center in her home at China 
Lake Naval Air Weapons Station 
for 1 8 years. 

Lucille is survived by her 
husband, Bob Moore, to whom 
she was married for 61 years; 
her sister, Etola Shaw of La 
Mirada; her brother, Delbert 



Harber, of silver City, New 
Mexico; as well as many nieces 
and nephews. 

Memorial donations may be 
made to either the Cancer 
Dressing Station in care of the 
Kern Valley Masonic Lodge orto 
the memorial fund of the Highland 
Chapel United Methodist 
Church. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary.. Lake Isabella. 



Ernest Klasen 

Private services were held for 
Ernest Klasen, age 65, who en- 
tered into rest at his home in 
Weldon early in the morning, 
Saturday, September 21, 1995, 
with his wife and two of his sons 
by his side. 

Ernest Klasen was bom to 
Ernest and Senta Klasen on 
March 30, 1 930, in Los Angeles, 
California. He spent his eariy 
years in Los Angeles and re- 
ceived his schooling in Santa 
Monica and Los Angeles. Ernest 
had various employers in the 
motion picture industry as a prop 
maker. He served his country in 
World War II in the Navy as a 
ship's cook. 

He particulariy liked anything 
to do with water. Fishing was 



one of his favorite pastimes. He 
was also a member of the Drag 
Boat Association. He came and 
made his home in the lake area 
in 1994. 

Mr. Klasen is survived by his 
wife Joan of Weldon; son Bill 
Moore of Rockford, Illinois; son 
Kirt Moore of Lompoc, California; 
son Steven Elliott of Rialto. 
California; daughter Patty Jo 
DeLong of Durham, California;- 
daughters Barbara Watkins and 
Betsy Booth, both of Rosamond, 
California; daughter Susan 
Quinland of Westlake, California. 
Also surviving him are 14 
grandchildren. He will be greatly 
missed by his family and friends. 

Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonnewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Arthur Freier 

Arthur Freier, age 74, resident 
of Wofford Heights, died on 
Wednesday, November 1 , 1 995. 
He was hit by a motor vehicle 
while assisting as a Citizen Pa- 
trol Volunteer. He was born in 
Box Elder. Montana, on July 4, 
1921, to John and Mathilda 
Freier. He attended Box Elder 
schools and graduated from 
Northern Montana College in 
Havre, Montana. He married 
Irene Fisher of Butte, Montana, 
in 1948 and moved to Los An- 
geles, California. He taught 
mathematics in the Los Angeles 
Unified School District for over 
30 years and retired as Math 
Supervisor in 1 981 . Irene died in 
1988. In 1991, he married Lois 
Whitman of Van Nuys, California, 
and the two retired to Wofford 
Heights. 

-He is survived by four children: 
Elaine Cox of Anaheim, Califor- 
nia; Gary Freier of Wofford 
Heights, California; Martiri Freier 
of Agua Dulce, Califomia; and 
Stacy DiRezze of Gardena, 
California; five grandchildren: 
Patricia Lynn, Laura Anne, Gre- 
gory Allen, Ruben Arthur, and 
Daniel James; two stepchildren: 
Carl Whitman of Simi Valley, 
California, and Sarah 
Stephenson of Marin County, 
Califomia. Arthurisalso survived 
by four brothers: Herbert Freier, 
Edwin Freier. Donald Freier and 
Adolph Freier, all of Montana; 
and one sister Anna Shelsted of 
New Mexico. He is preceded in 
death by brothers John. Ruben 
and Otto Freier. 

His life was dedicated to 
community service to benefit the 
well-being of others. His family, 
faith and friends were foremost 
in his life. He was an active 
member in many organizations 
including: Citizen Patrol Unit of 
Kern County. Wofford Heights 
Improvement Group, Elks Lodge, 
VFW. Germans from Russia 
Organization, and the Shepherd 
of the Hills Lutheran Church. 

Services were held at Shep- 
herd of the Hills Lutheran Church 
in Lake Isabella, on Sunday. 
Novembers. 1995. at 2 p.nri. He 
will be buried at the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights.* A memorial fund has 
been established by the Kem 
County Sheriff Department. 

ArrannomPntR hu ValleV MOr- 



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WED^4E$DAY, NOVEMBER 8, 1995 



Gladys Banks 

Funeral services for Gladys 
Banks, age 75. were held at 12 
p.m. on Thursday, October 26. 
1995 at Miller-Jones Mortuary 
Chapel in Hemet, Califomia. 
Officiating was Tom Hiltemian. 
Burial followed at Forest Lawn 
Memorial Park in North Holly- 
wood. California. She died of 
pneumonia on Saturday. Octo- 
ber 21, 1995. at her home in 
San Jacinto. California. 

Mrs. Banks, who was bom 
on August 7. 1 920, in Shellknow, 
Missouri, lived in San Jacinto 
for 10 years. She lived in 
Southlake, Califomia, at least 
1 years prior to 1 985, and had 
many friends here in the valley. 
She was a secretary for 
McDonnell-Douglas for 20 
years. She was a member of 
the Culver City Baptist Churiih. 

Gladys is survived-^ two 
sons, Thomas L of Huntington 
Beach and David L. of Los An- 
geles; four grandchildren; four 
great-grandchildren; five broth- 
ers, Floyd Kimball of Hemet; 
Ireland Kimball of Kansas City, 
Missouri; Roland Kimball of 
Springfield, Missouri; Larry 
Kimball of Independence, Mis- 
souri; and Claye Kimball of St. 
Ann. Missouri; two sisters. Mary 
Sue Grant of Kansas City, 
Missouri, and Wilma Stringer of 
Elephant Butte, New Mexico; 
six nieces and seven nephews. 



Jack Bess 

Private sen/ices were held for 
Jack Bess, age 78, who passed 
away early on Thursday morning, 
November 2, 1995, at the Kem 
Valley Hospital. 

Jack was born in Eufaula, 
Oklahoma, to William and Emma 
Bess on May 28, 1917. He re- 
ceived his education in Eufaula 
and remained there until 1 936 at 
which time he came to Bakers- 
field and ran a cotton gin until 
1955. Jack then opened Von 
Bess Kennels in 1955 and op- 
erated it until his retirement in 
1979. For the next 15 years, he 
and his wife traveled back and 
forth between Bakersfield and 
Oklahoma enjoying his retire- 
ment. For the past few years 
they lived in the lake area. 

He served his country from 
1940 to 1945 as a Sergeant in 
the U.S. Army where he received 
several decorations and cita- 
tions. Among them was the 
Purple Heart, American Defense 
Service Ribbon, Eame Service 
Ribbon and Four Bronze Service 
Stars. He was wounded during 
the Eame Theater. 

Jack is sun/ived by his wife 
Mary of Onyx; sons Jack Bess 
Jr. and Stanley Bess, both of 
Bakersfield; one daughter Sherry 
Valadez of Los Angeles; sisters 
Jewel Godfrey of Oklahoma and 
Mary Jagow of Bakersfield; 
brothers Fred Bess of Bakers- 
field, George Bess of Oklahoma 
and Claude Bess of Weldon; 
seven grandchildren adn five 
great-grandchildren. 

He loved to plant and grow 
plants as a hobby. Jack also 
loved to fish. Another of his fa- 
vorite pastimes was to tease 
whoever he loved and held close 
to his heart. He will be greatly 
missed by all who loved and 
knew him. 

Services were entrusted to 
the Bonnewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



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Wednesday, November 8, 1995 



Lupe Obregon 

Private arrangements were 
made for Lupe Obregon of Lake 
Jsaij^y^/cliv-Obr^gon-was-ttCHf*- 
August 30, 1 933 in San Antonio, 
Texas, and passed away on 
October 30, 1995, in Mt. Mesa. 
Mr. Obregon has been a resident 
of the Kern River Valley since 
moving here from Sunland in 
1980. 

He was in the Air Force during 
the Korean War. He is a member 
of the Eagles Aerie #3156 and 
the Moose #498 and the Ameri- 
can Legion. He played in all the 
pool tournaments around the 
valley. 

Lupe is survived by his wife of 
two years Connie of Lake Isa- 
bella; his daughters Melv Costa 
of Aqua Dulce, Lupe Bright of 
Canyon Country; stepdaughter 
Mary Aguilar of Corona; two 
brothers Santiago Obregon and 
Joe Obregon, both of Texas 
sister Lena Cruz of Texas and 
nine grandchildren and one 
great-grandchild. 
"^ Memorial sen/ices were held 
Friday, November 3. 1995, at i 
p.m. at the Eagles Lodge in Mt. 

Mesa. . v,„ii-., 

Arrangements by Valley 

Mortuary. 



Ethel Maude Read 

«nft"®''5' services were held 
on Thursday, November2 1995 
r^L^,?- ^* Valley Mortuar^ 
Chapel for Ethel Maude Read 
Officiating was Ken Bushling' 
nterment followed at Kern River 
Valley Cemetery. 

Mrs. Read was born Decem- 
J^5. t«iiMjWUpenarAri<ansasr 
?n i^qqI^®!^ ^o'^^y 0" October 
f« ' -^o^' '" Bakersfield, Cali- 
STflJ She has been a resident 
Of the Kern River Valley for 15 

Oceans'iS? '"^''"^ ^''' '^°^ 
She is survived by her 

SH^i*®^^"^s°"-'"-'aw. Linda 
and Ken Bushling of Lake Isa- 
bella; sisters Dena DeCapua of 
?im=f M^'."®' Y°"^^ Tate and 
hi^K^M^.^y-^'o'hof Arkansas; 
,^'^^fierUriWidner of Arkansas' 
fourgrandchildren:ScottHaidze 
rfrlS,^i?l^'^®""y^^shlingand 
Cindy. Kuhar; and eight qreat- 
_grandchildren. ^ 



Margaret C. Boyd 

Services were held on No- 
vember 3, 1995, at Valley Mor- 
tuary for Margaret C. Boyd, age 
82. Interment followed at Kem 
Valley Cemetery. She was bom 
on September 1 2, 1 91 3 in Sinks 
Grove. West Virginia. She 
passed away at her place of 



residence on October 28, 1 995. 

Margaret was a resident of 
Lake Isabella for 20 years. She 
was a member of Eastem Star. 

She is survived by her son Bill 
Boyd of Burbank, California; two 
grandchildren and four great- 
grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Shaun William 
Liske 

Services were held for Shaun 
Liske, age 16, on Tuesday, No- 
vember 14, 1995, at 2 p.m. at the 
United Methodist Church in 
Kernville, with Pastor John Car- 
penter officiating. Interment fol- 
lowed at Kern River Valley 
Cemetery. Shaun was bom in 
Lancaster, California, on Janu- 
ary 10, 1979. Shaun passed 
away on November 7, 1995, in 
Weldon. He was truly an ex- 
ceptional individual in keeping 
withf amily tradition. He was loved 
by his peers and respected by 
the entire community. 

Shaun was an honored ath- 
lete, a tournament fishermen, 
and an outstanding young man. 
As a junior at Kem Valley High 
School, he lettered in cross 
country, track and basketball. 

He is survived by his parents 
f^ike and Renea Liske; two 
brothers Erik and Brian Liske of 
Weldon; grandparents Maurice 
and Shirley Corbisier of 
Lancaster; grandmother Betty 
Climerof Rosamond, California; 
and grandfather Raymond 
Climer, also of Rosamond. Other 
survivors include his aunts and 
uncleS; Rod and April of Colo- 
rado; Debbie Liske of Seattle, 
Washington; Kimand Jeff Garcia 
and Stuart Noel, all of Lancaster, 
California; Mike and Barbara 
Noel of Redwood City, Califomia; 
Gary and Jeanne Gomez of 
Palmdale, Califomia; Vicki and 
John Hjelmstrom of Castaic, 
California; great uncle Mervin 
Landerman of Weldon . He is also 
survived by numerous cousins, 
fellow classmates and friends. 

A trust has been established 
at ValliWide Bank, at 6100 Lake 
Isabella Blvd. in Lake Isabella, 
CA 93240. to help the Liske family 
at this time of great loss. 

Shaun will be greatly missed 
by his family and all of his friends 
here in the valley. 

Funeral services were en- 
trusted to the care of the 
Bonnewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, November 15, 1995 



Benton Ernest 
Webb 

Private services were held for 
Benton Webb, age 78, who en- 
tered into rest in Bakersfield on 
November 7, 1995. 

He was born in Redlands, 
Califomia. Benton received his 
schooling in Redlands and 
Stockton, California. He lived in 
the Pacific Palisades and Santa 
Monica area from 1 935 to 1 984, 
when he moved to the lake area. 

His work was that of construc- 
tion in the building trade. It was 
like a hobby to him. Even at 72, 
he was helping put a roof on his 
grandson's house and he was in 
control of those who were work- 
ing with him. One highlight of his 
life was when he got stuck in his 
attic in Bodfish and the fire de- 
partment had to come and get 
him. He was often reminded of 
this by his family. 

Benton is survived by his wife 
Minnie Mae Webb; daughters 
Romonia Chapjn of Dalesville, 
Indiana; Janet Beaman of Las 
Vegas, Nevada; Carol Coan of 
Indianapolis, Indiana; and Su- 
san Lambert of Malibu, Califor- 
nia; brother Ray Webb of Colo- 
rado Springs, Colorado; sisters 
Marion Schimpf bf Homeland, 
California; and Eathel Shea of 
Palmdale, California; 12 grand- 
children and 1 1 great-grandchil- 
dren. He will be greatly missed 
by his family and friends. 

Services were entrusted to the 
Bonnewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



LeRoy Chaffin 

There will be a memorial ser- 
vice held for friends and family of 
LeRoy Chaffin at the Fraternal 
Order of Eagles Aerie #3156 in 
Mt. Mesa on Friday, November 
24, 1995, at 11 a.m. 

All are welcome. 



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Wednesday, November 15, 1995 



Birdie Blair 
Malahni 

Birdie Blair Malahni, age 68, 
of Kernville, California, died on 
Friday, November 3, 1995, in 
Kern Valley Hospital, in Mt. Mesa. 

She was born in San Pedro, 
California, on June 22, 1 927, the 
daughter of Bertha and John 
Blair. She married Mike (Marco 

P.) Malahni in 1944 in South 
Dakota. , 

Birdie attended the Los An- 
geles Police Academy and 
served as a L.A. police officer 
from 1952 to 1957. She was 
recognized as the first female 
toll bridge collector on the Vincent 
Thomas Bridge. Birdie also 
worked as a real estate agent. 

Mike retired from his position 
as a captain for the Los Angeles 
City Fire Department in 1974. 
Shortly thereafterboth Birdie and 
Mike moved to Kernville. They 
built a house and she lived in it 
for over 21 years. Birdie enjoyed 
fishing, baking, dominos and 
cribbage. 

Mike preceded her in death in 
1990. she is survived by her 
three daughters, Jonni Ann 
Bruno of Camarillo, Califomia; 
Donna M. Jackson of Kernville; 
Jean Malahni of Los Gatos, 
California; and seven grandchil- 
dren. 

An intimate gathering was held 
on Sunday, November 5, 1995. 
in Kernville. She was well re- 
spected and admired by family 
and friends. Her humor and 
qenerositywillbegreatiymissea. 

In lieu of flowers, the family 
requests donations be made to 
the Los Angeles Firemen s 
Widows and Orphans Fund or 
the Los Angeles Pohce 
Department's MuseurinFund^_ 



Arthur Esponda 

Services were held on Friday, 
November 1 0, 1 995 at 1 a.m. at 
the Lake Isabella Funeral Home's 
Rose Chapel for Arthur Esponda. 
Officiating was Pastor John 
Carpenter, of the United Meth- 
odist Church of Kernville. Arthur 
passed away in Bakersfield on 
November 7, 1 995, at the age of 
80. He was born in Poso Flat, 
California, a small area north of 
Glenville, California. 
^ ..Artliur, wlio was nicknamed 
""Chipmunk" has lived in this area 
all of his life. He was a Native 
American Indian. He became a 
cowboy at the age of 11 and 
worked at many of the ranches in 
the Weldon area. Some of the 
ranches where he worked were 
the A Brown Ranch, Rudnick 
Range, Peterson Ranch, Prince 
Range and the Kissack Ranch. 
He loved to fish and hunt in his 
spare time. Arthur was a member 
of the Eagles and the Moose. 

He is survived by his son 
Claude Esponda of Kernville; 
brother Johnny Esponda of 
Bakersfield; sisters Luty Peterson 
of Kernville and Marcelene Ames 
of Pico Rivera; and two grand- 
children. 

Services were entrusted to the 
care of the Bonnewell family of 
the Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Clarence D. 
(Clem) Loy 

Clarence D. (Clem) Loy. age 
77 of Weldon, passed away on 
November 6, 1995, at San 
Joaquin Community Hospital. He 
was born in Los Angeles, Cali- 
fornia, on October 30, 1918, and 
married Barbara on August 10, 
1 940. He served in the U.S. Navy 

during World War 11. 

Clem retired from Pacific 
Telephone Company after 33 
years, starting his career as a 
lineman and retiring as a com- 
munications engineer. He and 
Barbara moved to Lake Isabella 
in 1 975 where they have enjoyed 
t^e last 20 years together. 

He is survived by his beloved 
wife of 55 years, Barbara; 
daughters and husbands Susan 
Loy and Allan Love; Mary Ellen 
Loy and Joe Stearns; daughter 
Eileen Zurek and partner Susan 
McAllister; grandchildren Lisa 
and Mark Morse, Michael Fnck 
Melanie and Brian Zurek. and 
Michael and Mark McAllister; 
cherished great-grandson Quinn 
Morse and special nephew David 
Smith; brother J. Milton Loy and 
sister Bessie Rogers. 

According to Clem's wishes, 
no services will be held. 

Memorial contributions may 
be made to: USC/Norris Cancer 
Center. P.O. Box 80220. Los 
Angeles. CA 90080. ^ __ 



Calvin C. Lembke 

Calvin C. Lembke, age 71. 
died suddenly of a massive heart 
attack on November 1 3, 1 995, at 
Kern Valley Hospital in Mt. Mesa, 
California. Calvin was tx)m to 
George and Ethel Lembke at the 
fami homeon Novemt)er4, 1 924, 
in Griswold, Iowa. He manied 
ShirieyJames of Oakland, Iowa, 
on January 7, 1950. They lived 
in Griswold, Iowa, and moved to 
Omaha, Nebraska, where he 
started his career as a carpenter 
in the Omaha area. They then 
moved to California in 1968, 
where he continued carpentry 
and drywall, until he retired after 
some 30 years. 

Services were held on Tues- 
day. November 21 , 1 995, at the 
Rose Chapel of the Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home. 

Survivors, other than his wife 
Shirtey of Bodfish, are their 
daughter, Roxanne Louise and 
their son-in-law Robert G. Ward 
of California City;,California; one 
namesake grandson. Mick 
Calvin Doiel who resides in Lake 
Los Angeles, California. Other 
survivors include brothers, Virgil 
Lembke, and wife Helen of 
Cumberland, Iowa; Doyle 
Lembke and his wife Bart)ara of 
Carson, Iowa; sisters Charlotte 
and her husband Paul Woods of 
Emerson, Iowa; Dorothy and her 
husband Viril Liddell of Harland, 
Iowa and Verda Clayton of Pico 
Rivera, California; sister and 
brother-in-law, Eloise and Ken- 
neth Elswick of Lincoln. Ne- 
braska; and many nieces and 
nephews. 

He is preceded in death by his 
parents. George and Ethie; three 
brothers, Orlan, Merle and 
Dwight Lembke; two sisters, 
Delphia (Dolly) Hughes and 
Velda Williams. 

Calvin enjoyed traveling, but 
mostly, he loved to work out- 
doors, working with his woodcraft 
in and around the home. He was 
a very loving husband and father. 

Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



06u 

Wednesday, November 22, 1995 



LeRoy Chaffin 

Loving father, grandfather 
and great-grandfather pased 
away on November 1 , 1 995, in 
Mt. Mesa, California. Services 
were held on November7, 1995, 
at Inglewood Park Cemetery in 
Inglewood, California. 

LeRoy was bom on October 
3, 1 91 9, in Longmont, Colorado. 
In January 1990, he lost his 
loving wife of 49 years, Lucille 
Chaffin. They moved to Weldon 
15 years ago, after residing in 
Downey, California, for 35 years. 

He was a member of the 
Dam Dancers, the Eagles and 
the Moose Lodge. He loved the 
outdoors, camping, hunting and 
fishing. 

He is s urvived by his sons 

and daugliters-in-law. Lewis 
and Delia Chaffin of Paramount, 
California; Larry and Louise 
Chaffin of Hacienda Heights, 
California; daughters and son- 
in-law Lynn Streetz of Weldon; 
and Cindy and Alan Rowles of 
Weldon; four grandchildren 
Michael Chaffin of Paramount, 
California; Shannon Rowles of 
Weldon; David Chaffin of Haci- 
enda Heights, California; and 
Jason Rowles of Weldon; one 
great-grandson Mikey Chaffin 
of Paramount, California; 
brothers Elwood Chaffin of La 
Habra, California; Warren 
Chaffin of La Mirada, California; 
brother-in-law George DeWald 

of Weldon; and his dear friend 
Deiores Tillman of Onyx. 

The pall bearers in Inglewood 
were Michael Chaffin, David 
Chaffin, Jason Rowles, Bob 
Thompson, Eddie Sanchez and 
Jim Gordon. 

There will also be a memorial 
service held for LeRoy at the 
Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 
#3156 in Mt. Mesa on Friday, 
November 24, 1995, at 11:00 
a.m. 

He will be deariy missed by 
all who loved him. 



Anthony Edward 
Coleman 

A new star glimmers in the 
heavens following the passing of 
Anthony Edward Coleman, age 
23, on November 11, 1995, in 
Glendale, California. 

Bom in Fontana, California, 
Tony brought joy to his mother's 
life on August 1, 1972. By junior 
high, computing had caught his 
imagination and he was writing 
and selling games to his friends. 
Following high school, he took 
up the challenge of applying his 
computer knowledge to the busi- 
ness worid where he eventually 
became the On-Line Networking 
Systems Administrator for PBS 
MathLine for teachers, PBS Ex- 
press, and KCET on-line at 
KCET-TV, Los Angeles. With a 
career but a few years old, he sat 
on the threshold of unlimited 
success when his lite was so 
unexpectedly ended by a motor- 
cycle accident. 

Smart, funny and charismatic, 
Tony immediately won the hearts 
of those who met him. He loved 
life, country music, dancing, 
people and he would combine 
them as often as possible. His 
quick smile will live forever in the 
hearts of his mother and father 
Teri and Bill Vellutini of Bakers- 
field; the sparkle of his blue eyes 
are forever captured in the 
memories of his grandparents, 
Emily and Don Diggles of Bod- 
fish and Leo and Jeanne Gorman 
of El Centre; his infectious laugh- 
ter will echo in the ears of his 
sisters, Tina Coleman of New- 
port Beach and Almitra Vellutini 
of Costa Mesa; his passionate 
loving heart reached forever to 
his friend Erika Epes of Glendale; 
and, his gentle nature will forever 
caress and touch all his many 
friends and family. 

A celebration of the joy that 
was his life was shared by family 
and friends at his Grandmother 
Diggles house in Bodfish on 
Saturday, November 18, 1995. 



067 

Wednesday, November 22, 1995 



Selma Opal 
Allemann 

Funeral services for Selma 
Opal Allemann, age 73, of Wof- 
ford Heights, were held on 
Tuesday, November 1 4, 1 995, at 
the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran 
Church in Lake Isabella with Dr. 
Marvin D. f^oon officiating. Burial 
followed in the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery, Wofford Heights. A 
'20-year valley resident, SdJma 
was born on April 3, 1922 in 
Hermann, Missouri, to Minnie and 
Edwin Allemann. 

Selma was a member of the 
Kern Valley Hospital Auxiliary 
where she had approximately 
4,000 hours of volunteer work 
and had hoped to donate up to 
5,000 hours. She also volun- 
teered at the Kern River Valley 
Historical Society in the Gift Shop. 
She never missed a dance at the 
Senior Center and was an active 
member of the Shepherd of the 
Hills Lutheran Church and par- 
ticipated in the Lutheran 
Women's Missionary League. 

She was preceded in death by 
her brothers, Armin and 
Raymond, and by her sister, 
Florence. Survivors include her 
brothers Elmer and Roy 
Allemann, both of Missouri; her 
sisters, Betty Baer of Missouri, 
Evelyn Davis of Anaheim and 
Viola Vehlewald of Wofford 
Heights; her godchild, Julia 
Dumke of Lancaster; 1 5 nephews 
and nieces and many great- 
nephews and great-nieces and a 
great-great-nephew, Chris 
Vehlewald, who always made 
Selma smile by calling her 
"Grandma Selma." 

Memorial donations may be 
made to the Shepherd of the Hills 
Lutheran Church Memorial Fund. 

Arrangements by Valley. Mo t_ 
tuary. Lake Isabella. 



Dorothy Dee Pate 

Dorothy passed away on 
November 13. 1995. at the age 



of 70. Private service an^ 
inurnment. Burial at Kern River 
Valley Cemetery! ^^^ 

She grew up in New Mexico. 
She workedTfor herfather'in his 
small restaurant as a quick fry 
cook. 

Dorothy was a seamstress 
and loved to make clothes for 
the dolls she collected. She also 
loved to play cards, and could 
have a few choice words forthose 
who didn't concentrate on the 
game. 

She was loved and will be 
missed by her family. Two 
daughters, Georgia Barrentine 
and Frankie Biehahn; her 
grandson Kelley Pate whom she 
raised; four other grandchildren 
and eight great-grandchildren. 

Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Betty Weber 

Betty Weber passed away 
on November 13, 1995. She is 
survived by her sons Ron and 
Dick Weber, eight grandchil- 
dren, four great-grandchildren, 
a brother and three sisters. A 
memorial service was held Fri- 
day, November 17, 1995, at 
Holy Cross Cemetery Chapel in 
Culver City, California. 



066 



Wednesday, November22J1995^ 



Thelma Marie 
Strobridge 

Thelma Strobridge, age 75, 
passed away in the afternoon of 
Monday, November 13, 1995, in 
Mt. Mesa, California. Services 
were held on Friday, November 
17. 1995, at 3:00 p.m. with Pastor 
Brian Palston, of the Foursquare 
Family Life Center officiating. 
There was also a burial service 
at Green Hills Memorial Park in 
San Pedro. California, at 11.00 



a.m. on Monday, November 20, 
1995. 

She was born to Joe and Mary 
Rameyon July26, 1920. Most of 
"Thelma s early y^ars were spent 
in Brinkley, Arkansas. She re- 
ceived most of her schooling in 
Memphis, Tennessee. Thelma 
worked in Memphis at the Ford 
Motor Company for 20 years. 
The later part of that time, the 
Ford Motor Company transferred 
herto Ohio, where she remained 
until 1970. 

Thelma moved to Torrance, 
California, in 1970, where she 
met and married George 
Strobridge in 1 973. She has been 
a member of the Four Square 
Family Life Center in Wofford 
Heights fori 1 years. Her hobbies 
were her active church work and 
tending to her yard. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band George Strobridge and her 
' brother, Bill Ramey of Las Vegas, 
Nevada: and many of her church 



Wallace Carl 
Pommerville 

Wallapfe;(3^, Ppnn^efvllle 
died November 1 0,1 995, atkem 
Valley Hospital. He was born in 
Duluth, Minnesota, on April 22, 
1913. 

He is survived by his wife 
Ginger. Both were residents of 
Santa Barbara from 1950's to 
October 1 979, when they made 
Lake Isabella their home. 

Wally is also survived by a 
brother in Indiana and five of six 
children, two stepchildren and 
many grand and great-grand- 
children. 

In his younger years, Wally 
was a carpenter under the ar- 
chitect Richard Neutra who built 
the Crystal Cathedral in Los 
Angeles. He built several homes 
here and designed and built Dr. 
Lee Ho and Dr. Waggoner's of- 
fices. 

Heartfelt thanks to Dr. Mitchell, 
Kem Hospice and the Kem Valley 
Hospital for all their loving care 
and the many thoughtful friends 
who have expressed their con- 
cern. 

Services were entrusted to 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



family friends. Thelma will be 
missed by all. 

Services were entrusted to 
the Bonewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, November 29, 1995 



06, 



Curtis Lynn (Tex) 
Downey 

Curtis Downey, age 84, en- 
tered into rest on November 20, 
1995, at his home in Lake Isa- 
tjelia. He was bom to John and 
Jessie Downey on December 1 
1911, in Ringold, Texas. Ser- 
vices were held at the Masonic 
Temple in Kernville on 
Wednesday, November 22 
1995, at 10:00 a.m. 

Tex, as most knew him, lived 
in the lake area for 35 years He 
was a member of the Masonic 
Lodge in Kernville; also the local 
Moose, Elks, V.F. W. and Ameri- 
can Legion. He was an avid 
golfer, fisherman and bowler He 
was Past President of the Kern 
Valley Golf Course, wrote sports 
articles and columns in the Kern 
Valley Sun newspaper. 

He loved his family very much. 
He is survived by his wife Mary of 
Lake Isabella; children Patrick 
and Marlene of Huntington 
Beach, California; Dan and 
Davey Myers of Pacific Grove, 
California; Don and JoDee Myers 
of Fallbrook, California; brother 
Milas Downey of Las Vegas, 
Nevada; four grandchildren, teri 
great-grandchildren, six step- 
grandchildren, and four step- 
grandchildren. 

Tex also loved his service time 
in the Navy. He achieved the 
rank of Commander and was 
very proud of his achievements. 
Interment was Tuesday No- 
vember 28, 1995, at Riverside 
National Park Cemetery. 

Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Jimmie Lee Goad 

Jimmie Goad, age 71, entered 
into rest early on Thanksgiving 
morning, November 23, 1995 at 
his home in Wofford Heights He 
was bom to Edward and Dottie 
Goad on January 1, 1924 in Ar- 
kansas where he attended 
school. 

He later met and married 
Georgia Lee McBride in 1942 at 
Galveston, Texas. He worked 
4a years for International Han/est 
Company and various other 
companies as a produce truck 
dnver. 

At least three times a month 
ne and his son Jimmie R would 
go fishing which he enjoyed He 
also loved his home and always 
had a yard well kept. 

Jimmie is survived bv his 
motherDottie Goad of Oklahoma 
uty, Oklahoma; sons Jimmie R 

rntn °',^°.^°:^ ^®''9^'s; Eddie 
Goad of Oklahoma City Okla- 
homa; Tommie Goad of Purcell 
Oklahoma; sister Velma Wil- 
^arris also of Oklahoma City 
2^'^homa. He also have many 
grandchildren and great-grand- 
children. 

Sen/ices were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Opal Francis Clark 

Opal Clark, age 69, passed 
away eariy in the afternoon on 
Thanksgiving Eve, November 
22, 1995, in the San Joaquin 
Hospital in Bakersfield. 

She was born in Antlers, 
Oklahoma, on March 19, 1926. 
Opal received all her schooling 
in Antlers where she remained 
until 1940 at which time she 
moved to California and resided 
in the Los Angeles area. Opal 
met and married William (Bud) 
Clark on September 2, 1945 in 
Huntington Park. 

Many will remember Opal as 
a cook at the Kernville Elemen- 
tary School for seven years. 

She also was a member of the 
Elks Club #2358 in Wofford 
Heights. Her hobbies were fish- 
ing and she loved to walk in the 
Riverside Park. She also loved 
to see her granddaughter com- 
pete in sports events. 

Opal is survived by her hus- 
band William (Bud) Clark of 
Wofford Heights; son James 
Clari< of Long Beach; daughter 
Judy Clark of Wofford Heights; 
sisters Anita Harris of Modesto, 
California, and llene Willison of 
Mira Loma. California; brother 
Arthur Culp of Lawton, Okla- 
homa. Also surviving her are 
many friends and neighbors. 

Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



WED^fESDAY, November 29, 1995 



070 



Patricia Fay 
IVIcPherson 

Patricia Fay McPherson, age 
80, of Kemville, passed away on 
Monday, November 20, 1995, at 
7:35 a.m. 

Patty was tx>m in Ck)keville, 
Wyoming, on May 7, 1915. Her 
family moved to Reseda, Cali- 
fornia in 1921 . She married Jim 
McPherson on December 6, 
1935, and began a varied and 
interesting life with him. She 
traveled with Jim and his six- 
piece jazz orchestra, "Alamorio," 
on the touring circuit for a num- 
ber of years. During this time, 
she won numerous trophies for 
her ballroom dancing. 

Later, Patty and Jim moved to 
Elko, Nevada, with their infant 
son to manage a ranch she in- 
herited from her father. Eventu- 
ally, they settled back in Reseda, 
California, where they raised their 
three children. During that time, 
she and her family made nu- 
merous visits to herparents, Ruth 
and Jack Hinkey, who was the 
town barber in old Kemville. 

When the dam was built, Jim 
and Patty bought the doctor's 
office in old Kemville and had it 
moved to its present location 
when "new" Kemville was 
formed. When Jim retired in 
1 981 , they remodeled the cabin 
and moved to Kernville 
premanently. 

Patty, herfamily, brothers and 
sisters all spent their summers in 
Kemville camping and enjoying 
the beautiful scenery of the Kem 
River Valley. As recently as two 
years ago, you could find Patty 
in the river with her family at "the 
cun/e." 



Rockhound, artist, dancer, 
and reader, mother and wife, 
Patty died at home with her loved 
ones around her after a long 
struggle with Alzheimer's Dis- 
ease and devoted care by her 
husband. 

' She is survived by her hus- 
band of neariy 60 years, Jim; 
son Fredrick McPherson and wife 
Roberta of Boulder Creek, Cali- 
fomia; son Patrick McPherson 
and wife Julie of Ojai, California; 
daughter Kathy McPherson of 
Van Nuys, California; grandchil- 
dren Kusum McPherson of 
Boulder Creek and Amber and 
Duffey McPherson of Ojai; sister 
Peggy Jackson of Kernville; 
brother Ted Hinkey and wife 
Joyce of Loomis, California; 
brother Dennis Hinkey and wife 
Sue of Keysville; and sister-in- 
law Georgia Hinkey of Sisters, 
Oregon. 

Memorial contributions may 
be made to Alzheimer's Disease 
Association of Kem County, Lake 
Isabella, California. 

Funeral services were held at 
the Rose Chapel on Wednes- 
day. November 22, 1995, at 2:00 
p.m. 



Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



December 6, I995 



07 i. 



Eddie H. Cox 

Services will be held at the 
Oddfellows Temple, 425 30th 
Street, Bakersfield, California, on 
Wednesday, Decembers, 1995, 
at 1 1 a.m. for Eddie H. Cox, who 
passed away on December 1, 
1995, after a valiant struggle 
against cancer. Eddie was born 
on August 22, 1913 in Eufala, 
Oklahoma and moved with his 
family to Pocahontas, Arkansas, 
where he grew up. He and his 
family came to California and 
settled in Walnut Creek, Califor- 
nia, in 1935. 

During World War II, Eddie 
worked for Ivloores Dry Dock. 
Following the war, Eddie was a 
self-employed auto mechanic, 
both in Concord, California, and 
in Bakersfield, where he moved 
in 1 947. Upon his first retirement, 
he moved to Bodfish. He worked 
for the U.S. Department of For- 
estry from 1986 until his second 
retirement in 1 991 . In addition to 
camping andfishing, Eddie loved 
to travel. 

Eddie was very active in all 
branches of the Independent 
Order of Oddfellows. He joined 
Bakersfield Lodge 440. in 1948, 
where he served as Noble Grand 
many times, and was District 
Deputy Grand Master five times. 
He joined Bakersfield Encamp- 
ment 92 in 1950, and served as 
District Deputy Grand Patriarch 
three times. Eddie joined 
Bakersfield Canton 31 in 1950, 
and Bakersfield Rebekah Lodge 
47 in 1966. Upon his retirement, 
he transferred his memberships 
to Kernville I.O.O.F. 251, and 
Rebekah Lodge 369. In addition 
to these memberships, Eddie 
was also an associate member 
of f^ojave I.O.O.F. and Fresno 
Canton 30. He served as De- 
partment Commander, Patri- 
archs r^ilitant, from 1 978 to 1 980. 
He also served as Grand High 
Priest, Grand Outside Sentinel 
and Grand Instructor for the 
Grand Encampment of Califor- 
nia. 



He was preceded in death by 
his parents; brother Albert; and 
son Edward Jr. He is survived by 
Louise, his wife of 56 years; 
mother-in-law, Helen I^iller; 
daughter Fay Jennings and her 
husband, Ray; son Ray Cox and 
his wife, Jacque; grandsons, 
Ray mond Jennings and his wife 

Kelli; Steven Cox and fiancee, 
Isabel Flowers; granddaughters, 
Denise Clark and her husband. 
Gene; Jennifer Cox and fiance, 
Steve Blackwood; great-grand- 
daughters, Hollie, Sarah, iVIel- 
issa and Taylor Jennings and 
Caroline Clark, and great- 
grandson, Garrett Clark. In ad- 
dition, Eddie is survived by 
brothers and their spouses, 
Adolph and Melba Cox and 
Charles and Jean Cox, of Ari- 
zona; and E.J. and Joyce Cox of 
Walnut Creek; sister-in-law, I^ary 
Cox of Martinez, and extra 
speccial friends, Doris and Paul 
Guerard of Murphys; brother-in- 
law Leonard Miller and spouse 
Shirley, of Fort Jones, and nu- 
merous nieces and nephews. In 
his travels to lOOF functions and 
conventions in both the United 
States and Canada, he made 
many friends. 

Services will be conducted by 
members of the Department 
Council of Patriarchs l\/lilitant of 
California, the Grand Encamp- 
ment of California and Rev. Ted 
Heier. Viewing was held De- 
cember 5, 1 995, at Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home, Lake Isabella 
Blvd., from 12 to 8 p.m., and on 
Wednesday, December6, 1995, 
at the Oddfellows Temple, from 
9 to 1 1 a.m. Pallbearers will be 
Swanie Coffman, Casey Christie, 
Will Schuyter, Joe Bozeman, 
Dick Reynolds and Hugh Fyfee. 
Interment will be beside his son 
in Greenlawn Cemetery. "In 
Friendship, Love and Truth." 

Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Albert Garcia 

Private arrangements were 
made for Albert Garcia who 
passed away November 24, 
1995, after a long illness in a 
Bakersfield hospital. Mr. Garcia 
was born June 26, 1 9 1 2 in Spain 
and has been a Kern County 
resident for over 15 years. He 
worked for Vons Market for 40 
years. 

He is sun/ived by his brother 
Joe M. Garcia of Dayton, Ohio; 
his sisters Christine G. Alarcon 
of Tuscon, Arizona and 
Josephine G. Bruno of Highland, 
Indiana; his cousin John 
MenendezofT ampa, Fl orida and 
several nieces and nephews: 

Interment was at Kern River 
Valley Cemetery. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



December 6, I995 



u7J 



Eliza Pearl Cottle 
Johnston 

Pearl Johnston was born on 
April 19. 1890. in Kirlsvill. West 
Virginia and passed away on 
November 30. 1995, in Lake 
Isabella, California. 

She was a native of West 
Virginia, bom in early pioneer 
days. She was raised in the 
country but has seen the inven- 
tions of the century. Her family 
did not have running water, 
electric service or natural gas 
and her mother cooked over a 
wood stove. Most of their foods 
and goods came from bartering 
or home grown out of the country 
garden. Canning of food allowed 
the family to have food year 
round. She attended a one room 
school house whichhad all grade 
levels. From an early age she 
was required to work in the 
kitchen or garden as was the 
case with all children of the time. 
Her father passed away when 
she was four years old and she 
was given to her Uncle Wiseman 
to be raised. While living with her 
uncle she met her husband to be 
David Emmons Johnston. They 
were married in 1 91 2, in Beckley, 
West Virginia, in the Beckley 
Hotel. 



Her husband was a Contrac- 
tor/Carpenter building Coal 
Camp Housing for Coal Miners. 
While contracting and building 
houses and school buildings they 
moved in and around Beckley. 
In 1935, Pearl at age 45, was 
blessed with her one and only 
daughter Shirley Mae Blanton. 
Pearl and Dave retired in 1954 
and moved to Orlando, Florida. 
In 1957,they moved to La 
Crescenta, California, to be with 
their daughter and son-in-law. 

Pearl has survived all her six 
brothers and five sisters except 
one, Myrtle Stover. 95. of 
Beckley. West Virginia. Pearl has 
been a resident of the Kern Valley 
for six years. At 105 years of 
age, she felt blessed to have 
lived for the Lord and had a 
wonderful life. 

She is survived by her' 
daughter Shirley M. Blanton: son- 
in-law William Blanton; two 
grandchildren. Debra Caryl 
Smith of Lake Isabella and 
Denise Lee Maniscalco, of 
Lancaster, California. There are 
five grandchildren, Christine 
Blanton, Johnathan Bopp. and 
Sarah Smith, all of Lake Isabella 
and Anthony Maniscalco and 
Leeland Maniscalco, of 
Lancaster, California. 

Sen/ices in Lake Isabella were 
scheduled for Saturday, De- 
cember 2, 1995, 1 1 a.m., at the 
Assembly of God Church in 
Wofford Heights. 

Funeral services were held 
Tuesday, Decembers, 1995, at 
1 p m., in the Hillside Chapel 
(enter Gate 17), Rose Hills Me- 
morial Park, Whittier, Califomia. 
A graveside service followed. A 
fellowship followed the graveside 
service at the Walnut Grove 
Church of the Nazarene in 
Rosemead, California. 




Gerald Stephenson 
MacDonald 

Private family services were 
held Gerald "Jerry" MacDonald, 
age 68. who passed away on 
November 23. 1995, at Mercy 
Hospital in Bakersfield. He was 
bom on July 22. 1927, in Oak- 
land, California. He had been a 
resident of Wofford Heights for 
25 years. 

A Naval WWII Veteran, Jerry 
worked for the lake patrol in the 
1 970s and then for Knudsen Dis- 
tributor here in the valley before 

retiring. . ^. ^. 

He is survived by his mother, 

Winnie Johnston of Fullerton; 

daughter Stephanie Gardner of 

Cheyenne, Wyoming; daughter 
1 Julie Wilson of Cypress, Califor- 
1 nia; daughter Marie Quick of Ft. 
. Lewis, Washington; and six 
; grandchildren. 

Arrangements by the Neptune 

i Society. 






Wednesday, December 13, 1995 



Dutch Henderson 

"Dad, Grandad, Old Friend" 

He was a big, powerful man 
when he was young. 

Could out work six men and 
still find time to have fun. 

He raised his family during 
the hard times of the Great De- 
pression. 

When a man had to beg for a 
job and work hard to make an 
impression. 

He was a farmer, a rancher, 
and a custom hay baler too. 

That was his occupation, but 
there was nothing he couldnt 
do. 

Everyone knew him as 
"Dutch", we knew him as dad or 
Grandad. 

Though sorrow has gripped 
our hearts, he wouldn't want us 
to be sad. 

For he lived life to the fullest 
with great joy and love. 

Never forgetting his blessings 
and strength came from God 
above. 

He never knew a stranger, 
everyone was his friend for life. 
Gambling was his weakness 
and he had more than one wife. 
He was known to drink whis- 
key and let the "good times roll." 
But most of all he had a real 
love for people and was a gen- 
erous soul. 

When he got old, he never 
complained, he didnt give up 
the race. 

Said no one wanted to hear it, 
so he kept a smile on his face. 
But with God in His heaven, 
we'll see you again. 

Your daughter, 
Phil 



Dutch Henderson 

A.W. "Dutch" Henderson, age 
86, passed away on November 
25, 1995 at his home in Pomm, 
Oklahoma. He was bom to Nora 
Belle and Ernest C. Henderson 
on December 8, 1908 in 
Gatesville, Texas. 

Mr. Henderson was preceded 
in death by one brother, Houston 
Henderson, one sister, Clara Reb 
and one granddaughter, 
Lujuanna Henderson. 

He is survived by two daugh- 
ters, Phyllis Clark and her hus- 
band Bob of Warner, Oklahoma 
and Lou Sanders of Bodfish, 
California; sons Howard 
Henderson and his wife Bok 
Soon of Bremerton, Washington; 
Gerald Henderson and his wife 
Carolyn of Porum. Oklahoma; 
one step-son Dale Creighton and 
his- wife Debbie of Weldon, 
OaWomia; one sister Gladys 
Alden of Grants Pass, Oregon; 
one sister-in-law, Florence 
Henderson of Anaheim, Califor- 
nia; 18 grandchildren and 19 
great-grandchildren. 

Interment was Wednesday 
November 29, 1 995 at IVIemorial 
Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City 
beside his granddaughter 
Lujuanna. 



u { 



Wednesday, December_1_3^J^95 



Carl N. Aim 

Bom February 7, 1910 en- 
tered into rest November 29, 
1995 in Kern Valley Hospital. 
Carl was b om in Minot, North 
Dakota. After finistflng"TTign^ 
school he worked for his brother, 
Harold Aim, known as the Aim's 
Dairy in Minot, delivering milk. 
He moved to Los Angeles in 
1940 was employed by South- 
ern Pacific Railroad until he 
joined the U.S. Navy in 1 942. He 
sen/ed 3-1 /2 years, mainly in the 
South Pacific. After WWII was 
over in 1945 he came back to 
Los Angeles and continued his 
service with Southern Pacific 
Railroad, retired after 32 years 
of sen/ice. 

Carl was a member of Shep- 
herd of the Hills Lutheran Church 
in Lake Isabella, VFW Post 7665 
and Eagles Aerie in Mt. I^esa 
and Eagles on Wheels and R.V. 
Club. He loved to camp, fish, 
hunt and to travel with many 
friends. 



He is survived by his wife 
Charlene Aim, one son Douglas 
Aim and wife Candy of Garibaldi, 
Oregon; one daughter, Debbie 
Aim Han/atin and husband Steve 
ofVancouver, Washington; three 
grandchildren. Jill, Eric & Ryan 
of Vancouver, Washington; five 
sisters, Deloris Mostad & hus- 
band Kermit of Minot North Da- 
kota, Mabel Ratzlaff of Tacoma, 
Washington, Ruth Baber & 
husband Fon-est of Kent, Wash- 
ington, Margaret Simica of Sun 
City. Califomia, Osta Vermillian 
of Alta Loma, Califomia. 

Graveside service, Friday, 
December 1, 1995, 11:00am. 
Officiating pastor, Marvin D. 
Moon, Shepherd of the Hills 
Lutheran Church. IntementKem 
River Valley Cemetery. Soloist. 
Mrs. Debbie Peugh of Mt. Mesa. 



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Wednesday, December 20, 1995 



Lyndel Irene 
Fenton 

Lyndel Fenton, age 80, 
passed away early in the morn- 
ing of December 11.1 995, at her 
home in Southlake. 

She was bom to Olen and 
Flossie Leison on February 25, 



1 91 5, in Mason City, Illinois. She 
moved from Mason City to 
Peoria, Illinois, where she met 
and married James Fenton. They 
later moved to Redondo Beach, 
California, before moving to the 
lake area in 1973. 

Lyndel is survived by her 
daughterJoySpanglerofDuarte, 



California, and friends here in 
the lake area. She will be greatly 
missed by all who knew and 
loved her. 

Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home, a Golden Rule Funeral 
Home. 



076 



William (Bill) Wyiie 

Bill Wylie passed away at Kern 
Valley Hospital at the age of 79. 
Bill had a history of heart prob- 
lems for 27 years. He had two 
heart bypass surgeries. He suf- 
fered a heart attack on Decem- 
ber 19, 1995, in mid-moming 
and died a short time later at the 
Kern Valley Hospital. 

Bill was born in Whitney, 
Texas to Arthur and Eva Wylie 
on April 3, 1916. He spent his 
early childhood there. Received 
his high school education in 
Lubbock, Texas. He married 
Lena Averrett in Clovis, New 
Mexico, on December 12, 1936. 

They moved to California in 
1 941 and settled in the Richmond 
area. In 1942 they moved to 
Santa Ana where they remained 
until 1972 at which time they 
moved to Lake Isabella. 

Bill loved to collect antiques 
as a hobby, also loved to hunt 
and fish. He was known for his 
wit. Two of his favorite statements 
were: "When I was a boy I walked 
three miles to school in three foot 
of snow" and "When my grand- 
children are as smart as I am 
they will be able to put their teeth 
in a glass." 

Sen/ices are scheduled today, 
Wednesday, December 27, 
1995, at 1 1 :00 a.m. at the Rose 
Chapel of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. Pastor James Lee 
of Valley Community Church will 
officiate. 

Bill is survived by his wife 
Lena; two sons, Jerry Wylie of 
Lake Isabella and Dean Wylie of 
Lake Eisinore, California; one 
daughter, Wanda Wylie of Dana 
Point, California; one brother, 
Wayne Wylie of Roseville, Cali- 
fornia; three sisters, Margie 
Witherspoon of Lubbock, Texas; 
Thelma Jones of Arvada, Colo- 
rado; and Maxine Waltz of Ana- 
heim, California; six grandchil- 
dren and five great-grandchil- 
dren. Bill will be greatly missed 
bv his familv and friends. 

Services were entnjsted to 
the case of the Bonewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home, a Golden Rule Funeral 
Home. 



Wednesday, December 27, 1995 



Richard Levi Cross 

Funeral services were held 
Tuesday, December 26, 1995, 
at 11:00 a.m. at Mt. View 
Southern Baptist Church for Ri- 
chard Levi Cross. Officiating was 
Pastor Deryl Lackey. 

Mr. Cross was bom May 31 , 
1902 in Burlington, Coffey 
County, Kansas, and passed 
away December 19,1 995, in Mt. 
Mesa. He has been a resident of 
LakaJsabeila^for the past seven 
years. He worked for Cessna- 
Aircraft for 26 years, and was 
very active in his church group 
where he taught Sunday School 
and was Church Secretary for 
many years. He also was very 
active in helping people in need 
before retiring. 

He is survived by his wife of 
63 years, Lucy Cross of Lake 
Isabella; sons Lt. Col. John Cross 
of Las Vegas; Richard L. Cross 
Jr. of Lake Isabella; Robert Cross 
of Hutchinson, Kansas; and 
Victor Cross of Bahler, Kansas; 
daughters Maudee Akers of 
Burbank, California; and Helen 
Bright of Senica, South Carolina; 
1 8 grandchildren and 1 great- 
grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Henry Trent 
Weldon 
(Black Bear) 

Trent, a native American, was 
born on November 6, 1953, to 
Henry and Agnes Weldon. He 
passed away suddenly on De- 
cember 3, 1995, at his home in 
Kelso Valley at the Weldon family 
ranch. He was a lifetime resident 
of Kelso Valley. 

He had attended the Mojave 

school system. Later traveling 
and working as a carpenter, 
heavy equipment operator, miner 
and rancher. 

Trent loved to party and en- 
- joyed it all. Living each day to his 
fullest. His humor and spirituality 
touched many. 

Please smile when you're re- 
minded of him. 

Trent was preceded in death 
by his father, Henry Weldon in 
1975. He is survived by his 
mother, Agnes Weldon; sisters 
Judy Weldon, Corine Deupree 
and Rebecca Weldon; brothers 
Martin and Bryan Weldon; all of 
Weldon, California. Trent is also 
survived by many nieces, neph- 
ewsT cousins 'ami atmts. 

Graveside services were held 
Wednesday, December 13, 

1995, in Kelso Valley. An Indian 
ceremony is to follow at a later 
date. 

The family would like to ex- 
press their warmest thanks to 
ministers John Carpenter and 
Chuck White of the Kernville and 
Weldon Methodist Chuches. 
They were a great comfort to us 
all. 



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Abercrombie, Stella marie 


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35 


Dixon, Alonzo Lee 


XII 


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Adams, Lloyd LeEarl 


XII 


59 


Donohoe, Peter Bernard 


XII 


33 


Alden, William Wesley 


XII 


30 


Downey, Curtis Lynn "Tex" 


XII 


69 


Alden, William Wesley 


XII 


32 


Dunham, Norma Jean 


XII 


8 


Allard, Aliene Mildred 


XII 


18 


Engel, Marcelle E. 


XII 


40 


Allard, Edward Fenton 


XII 


44 


Esponda, Arthur 


XII 


65 


Allemann, Selma Opal 


XII 


67 


Everett, Ernest Fred 


XII 


12 


Aim, Carl N. 


XII 


74 


Parr, Alena Maryann 


XII 


25 


Alsop, Edward M. 


XII 


45 


Fenton, Lyndel Irene 


XII 


75 


Artman, Cecilia Mary 


XII 


21 


Ferguson, Ellsa LaVerne 


XII 


1 


Banks, Gladys 


XII 


62 


Fischer, Elsa 


Xli 


16 


Barnes, Harold Stanley 


XII 


23 


Fischer, Elsa 


XII 


17 


Barton, Norman Craig 


XII 


27 


Freier, Arthur 


XII 


62 


Bayne, Paul Lawrence 


XII 


3 


Fuller, Margaret Bina 


XII 


28 


Beam, Dawn 


XII 


51 


Fuller, Margaret Bina 


XII 


29 


Beaumont, Nelda Jean 


XII 


29 


Funkhouser, Frederic Jacob 


1 XII 


24 


Bell, Cecil Dean 


XII 


4 


Garcia, Albert 


XII 


71 


Berg, James A. "Jim" 


XII 


37 


Garrido, Kurtis James 


XII 


51 


Berni, Emily Mary Elizabetti 


XII 


6 


Gates, Frank Norwood 


XII 


11 


Bess, Jack 


XII 


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Gledhill, Richard "Dick" 


XII 


21 


Blankenship, Elster "Al" 


XII 


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Glosser, Betty T. 


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Boyd, Margaret C. 


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Goad, Jimmie Lee 


XII 


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Briggs, Jack Caldwell 


XII 


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Goldbaum, George "Bob" 


XII 


32 


Broggio, Fred Joseph 


XII 


17 


Grechowsky, Pete 


XII 


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Buhe, Thomas Leslie 


XII 


6 


Grenier, Donald R. 


XII 


54 


Burlando, John 


XII 


25 


Grigsby, Clarence DeWayne XII 


35 


Burnett, Douglas Eugene 


XII 


30 


Hall, Marlin Cluey 


XII 


4 


Candelet, George Washingt 


XII 


37 


Hall, Zeta Mae 


Xli 


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Cariker, Sybil Roberta 


XII 


20 


Hanimond, Elinor Lovell 


XII 


53 


Castle, Sharon Kay 


XII 


52 


Harrison, Wanda Ruth 


XII 


41 


Castro, Joy 


XII 


18 


Hatch, Sidney ALfred 


XII 


26 


Chaffin, LeRoy 


XII 


64 


Heberstreit, Lorraine "Lori" 


XII 


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Chaffin, LeRoy 


XII 


66 


Hedges, Estelle 


XII 


39 


Chapman, Etta May 


XII 


11 


Henderson, Dutch 


XII 


73 


Chappell, Max E. 


XII 


41 


Henderson, Dutch 


XII 


73 


Clark, Mollie Belle 


XII 


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Holmes, Forrest Byron 


XII 


42 


Clark, Opan Francis 


Xli 


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Hopkins, Donald Sr. 


XII 


4 


Clauder, Dorothy Barbara 


XII 


31 


Horn, Aaron Allen 


XII 


12 


Clifton, Charles L. "Buster" 


XII 


28 


Horn, Aaron Allen 


XII 


14 


Coleman, Anthony Edward 


XII 


66 


Hoy, Vera Jo 


XII 


52 


Coleman, Stanford C. 


XII 


35 


Hoy, Vera Joy 


Xli 


53 


Collins, Creed "Sandy" 


XII 


31 


Hughes, Maxine Roselie 


XII 


25 


Cox, Eddie H. 


XII 


71 


Ingle, Kenneth Eugene Sr. 


XII 


19 


Cross, Richard Levi 


XII 


76 


Jackson, Margaret A. 


XII 


27 


Cunningham, Gertrude Agne XII 


47 


Jensen, Howard M. 


XII 


21 


DeMaio, Joseph Charles 


XII 


29 


Johnston, Eliza Pearl Cottle 


XII 


72 


Dick, James Franklin 


XII 


8 


Jones, Doc DeWayne 


XII 


9 


Dimick, Lon M. 


XII 


1 


Jones, Joyce Rose 


XII 


41 


DiSanto, Gilbert G. 


XII 


11 


Keith, Robert Wheeland 


XII 


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King, OIlie E. XII 8 

Kirkwood, Dorothy Mae XII 1 

Klasen, Emest XII 61 

Kukura, Jack Donald XII 48 

Larsen, Betty Marion XII 45 

Lease, Louis Henry XII 49 

Ledbetter, Ginny XII 20 

Lembke, Calvin C. XII 66 

Lindsay, Evelyn Lorene XII 34 

Liske, Shaun William XII 64 

Litke, Arthur Andrew Xil 12 

Losetter, James R. XII 4 

Loy, Clarence D. "Clem" XII 65 

MacDonald, Gerald Stephen XII 72 

Malahni, Birdie Blair XII 65 

Martin, Arthur Thomas XII 50 

May, Dorothea Ester XII 23 

McCrory, Edward G. XII 43 

McKean, Jack W. Jr. XII 21 

McPherson, Patricia Fay XII 70 

McVey, Lillian Pearl XII 46 

Melgosa, Vera XII 57 

Mershon, William David XII 57 

Metten, Geraldine Edith XII 55 

Mobley, William Baxter XII 26 

Moore, Helen Lucille XII 61 

Morriss, Jack XII 6 

Mullen, William Soctt XII 23 

Norris, Edward D. XII 57 

Nyhuis, Amy M. XII 42 

Obregon, Lupe XII 63 

Parker, Agnes Lenoir XII 41 

Parker, Earle Stockman XII 42 

Pate, Byron Leroy "Barney" XII 14 

Pate, Dorothy Dee XII 67 

Pinckard, Lois W. XII 17 

Pippenger, Tanya Carleen XII 44 

Pitcher, Mandell Waldo XII 15 

Poindexter, Donald E. XII 24 

Pommerville, Wallace Carl XII 68 

Raymond, Virginia Grace XII 11 

Read, Ethel Maude XII 63 

Read, Warren Elbert XII 17 

Rice, Garland Edward XII 18 

Rice, Gretta Aleda XII 31 

Robey, Kathryn "Janie" XII 7 

Rucker, Edgar Austin XII 43 

Ruggles, Lulu AnnaMay XII 30 

Russell, William Herman XII 52 



Sabath, John 


XII 


60 


Sanders, Eleanor Harris 


XII 


47 


Sanders, Ingleberg Charlotte XII 


49 


Scott, James Emmette 


XII 


18 


Scott, James R. "J.R." 


XII 


13 


Seeley, Margaret Jean 


XII 


33 


Simpson, Jo-Anne Vann 


XII 


3 


Singleton, Ethor William 


XII 


55 


Smith, Albert Edward 


XII 


10 


Smith, Albert Edward 


XII 


12 


Smith, Vivian Seay 


XII 


28 


Smith, William F. 


XII 


36 


Spencer, Angeio Joseph 


Xll 


5 


Stemper, Eugene Henry 


XII 


43 


Stille, Walter 


Xll 


59 


Stites, Michael Hans 


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17 


Straight, Charles B. 


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27 


Strain, Lorin Ann 


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Strobridge, Thelma Marie 


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Stubbs, Randel Dean 


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Subee, John Anthony 11 


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Sumrall, Anna Gertrude 


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Traver, Paul Edward 


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Vester, Delbert Milton 


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Vester, Gloria Theresa 


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Voyles, Raymond Boice 


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Wallace, Rose Marie Faygel 


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Wayne, Vivian Elizabeth 


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56 


Weaver, Ova Monroe 


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Webb, Benton Ernest 


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Weber, Betty 


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67 


Weldon, Henry Trent Black 


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Wells, Derrall P. 


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Werner, Johann Kay 


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Westergren, ALden Eugene 


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Westwood, Alfred Lee 


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Whitehouse, Travis Shane 


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Whyte, Thomas Joseph 


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Wilde, Melanie Rachelle 


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Williams, Lloyd Austin 


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Willyard, Chartes Elmer 


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Wokal, Martha 


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Wolf, Mary Jane 


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Wood, Klida Bemeice 


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Woodard, Glen Brant 


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Wylie, William "Bill" 


Xll 


76 


Yeargan, Lorene E. 


Xll 


30 


Young, Ryan Emery Loren 


Xll 


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Wednesday, January 3, 1,996 



Helyn Hall 

Graveside services were held 

on Wednesday, December 27, 
1995, at 1:30 p.m. at Kern River 
Valley Cemetery for Helyn Hall. 
She was t)orn on January 1 9, 1 909 
in Brooklyn, New York, and passed 
away on December 21, 1995, in 
Mt. Mesa. Officiating was Pastor 
John Carpenter of the Kemville 
United Methodist Church. 

Mrs. Hall has been a residen t of 

the Kern River Valley for 25 years" 
and a memt)er of the Kernville 
United Methodist Church and was 
a member of the Golf Club and she 
loved to paint. 

She was a perfect mother and 
wife, and will be missed. She is 
survived by her husband of 60 
years, Fred and son Steven Hall of 
Huntington Beach, California; 
daughter Penny Witt of Camarillo, 
California; four grandchildren, Ri- 
chard, John, Esther and Steve; and 
one great-grandchild McKenzie 
Lane; also sisters Ester Denniss of 
Carson City, Nevada and Elenor 
Evans of Bellevue, Washington. 

Arrangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary. 



James David Stith 

Graveside services were held 
Thursday, December 28, 1995, at 
1:00 p.m. at Kern River Valley 
Cemetery for James David Stith of 
Lake Isabella. Officiating was 
Pastor Floyd Castillo of the High- 
land Chapel United Methodist 
Church. 

Mr. Stith was bom Febnjary 28, 
1917 in Cub Run, Kentucky, and 
passed away on December 21, 
1995, in Lake Isabella. He worked 
for U.S. Steel for 30 years before 
retiring. 

He was a member of tlie Ma- 
sonic Lodge in Nonwalk for many 
years. He loved to fish and hunt 
and garden. 

Mr. Stith is survived by his wife 
of 58 years, Nettie; two grandsons, 
Stephen Stith of Rialto, Califomia, 
and Joseph Stith of So. Jorden, 
Utah; granddaughter Joleen Stith 
of Inyokern, Califomia; daughter- 
in-love, Francy Bull; and two great- 
grandchildren Britney and 
Cameron Stith. 

Arrangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary. 



Delbert James Lane 

Visitation was held for Delt)ert 
James Lane, age 78, of Ridgecrest, 
California, on Tuesday, December 
26, 1 995, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at 
Holland & Lyons Mortuary in 
Ridgecrest. Graveside services 
were held Wednesday, Decemt)er 
27, 1995, at 1:00 p.m. at Searles 
Valley Cemetery in Trona, Califor- 
nia, with Trona Elks Lodge #1975 
officiating. 

Delbert was tx)m July 8, 1917, 
in Petrolia, Texas, and passed away 
of natural causes on December 22, 
1 995, at Beverly Manor Convales- 
cent Hospital in Ridgecrest. He 
worked as a Journeyman Painter 
at American Potash & Chemical in 
Trona. 

He was preceded in death by 
his parents, Viola and Rufus Lane; 
sister, Gladys Hubbard; wife Pearl 
Lane; and son, Delbert W. Lane. 
Survivors include his son and 
daughter-in-law, Ronald D. and 
Sandie D. Lane, of Ridgecrest; 
daughter and son-in-law, Judy J. 
and Bobby (Tex) Whitson, of Las 
Vegas, Nevada; granddaughters 
Jamie D. Lane, of Ridgecrest; Sirell 
D. Hurlocker, also of Ridgecrest; 
Roni D. Lane, of Los Angeles, 
Califomia; Trudy L. Smith, of Las 
Vegas, Nevada; Tammy E. Lind, of 
Ridgecrest; seven great-grand- 
daughters, three great-grandsons, 
one great-great-grandson; brother 
R.F. (Bob) Lane, of Lake Isabella; 
and very close friend, Sinda (Trudy) 
Smith of Ridgecrest. 

Arrangements by Holland & 
Lyons Mortuary of Ridgecrest, 
Califomia. 



Glen E. "Smitty" 
Smith 

Graveside services was held 
1 1 :00 a.m., December 29, 1995, at 
Greenlawn Cemetery for Glen h. 
"Smitty" Smith who passed away 
on December 26, 1995, in Us 
Veaas, Nevada. 

Mr Smith was bom November 
24 1908 in An/ada, Colorado. He 
worked in the oil fields in Kem 
County and later as a Captain on a 
dredge in the Bay area. He retired 
from the Operating Engineer in 
1974 and resided in Lake Isabella 
for 20 years. The last three years 
he lived in Las Vegas. 

He was a long-time member ot 
the Elks and the Eagles. He en- 
joyed fishing, golf and was an avid 
Ham operator in his retirement. 

Hewasmarriedtohiswife, Ruby 
for 37 years until her death in 1 972. 
Survivors are his daughters, 
Darlene Churchwell and her hus- 
band Bill of Bakersfield and Manlyn 
Kroh and her husband, Donnie ot 
Las Vegas. He leaves four grand- 
children and six great-grandchi^ 
dren He is also survived by two 
sisters in Southern Califomia. 



Wednesday, Ianuary 10, 1996 



Albert Elza Wilkey 

Albert passed away in Mt. Mesa, 
California, on January 4, 1996. at 
the age of 84. He was twm in 
Sullivan, Indiana, on June 1 4, 1 91 1 , 
wfiere he attended school. He 
nxjved to Chicago, Illinois, in 1 928. 
Alb>er1 worked at Marshall Reld 
while going to school tn tjecome an 
electrician. He moved to Cincinatti, 
Ohio, in 1935 and worked at a 
milling machine company. Albert 
moved to South Dakota in 1 945. In 
1 949, he moved to California, where 
he started to work for United States 
Steel Company in Maywood, Cali- 
fornia, until his retirement in 1974. 

Mr. Wilkey met and married 
Ftorence Silvers in 1950 and lived 

in South Gate, California, until they 
moved to Lake Isabella in 1974. 
Altjert and Florence bought a home 
here in Lake Isabella in 1966, and 
spent many weekends and vaca- 
tions here until their move. 

Albert was very active in the 
Kern Valley CB'ers. He was also 
well known as the Honeydoer for 
all the widows in the area 

He is survived by his wife Flo- 
rence Wilkey of Lake Isabella; 
daughter, Doris Meeker of Bodfish; 
step-daughter Barbara and her 
tiusband Art Robinson of Bodfish; 
step-daughter Donna and her 
husband Alvin Hamil of Goodwater, 
Oklahoma; seven grandchildren 
and 1 1 great-grandchildren. Albert 
will be greatly missed by all his 
family and friends. 

Services were entrusted to the 
care of the Bonewell family of the 
Lake lsat)elia Funeral Home, a 
Golden Rule Funeral Home. 



Groover Marion 
Woodard "Woody" 

Services were held at the Kem 
Valley Bible Church in Lake Isa- 
bella, where Woody was a mem- 
ber, on Saturday, December 6, 
1996, at 1 1:00 a.m. with Rev. Guy 
Rimstad, Pastor, officiating. He 
passed away on January 3, 1996, 
after a long fight with cancer. 

Woody was bom in Lakelund, 
Florida, on April 19. 1924. He re- 
ceived his schooling in Lakelund. 
After school he joined the Navy and 
served a four-year hitch after which 
he went to work for Union Oil 
Company, where he worked for 40 
years. 

He met and married Shirley 
Marshal in 1947. They lived in 
Montebello, California, for a short 
time Ijefore movina to Pico Rivera 
where they raised their nine chil- 
dren. They then moved to Whittier 
and then to Ontario where they 
remained until they moved to Walker 
Basin in 1989. 

Woody is survived by his wife 
Shirley Woodard and eiqht children: 
sons, Gregory of La Habra, Califor- 
nia; Dennis of Big Bear, Califomia; 
Jeffrey of Pico Rivera, Califomia; 
Laurence of Walker Basin, Califor- 
nia; and Steven of Alta Loma, 
Califomia; daughters, Debra Dykes 
of San Luis Obispo, California; 
Kathleen Menosky of Edwards Air 
Force Base, Califomia and Judith 

England. He will be missed by his 
family and friends. 

Services were entrusted to the 
care of the Bonewell family of the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home, a 
Golden Rule Funeral Home. 



Ted W. Boring 

Masonic sen/ices for Ted W. 
Boring, age 78, of Lake Isabella 
was held on January 4, 1996, at 
1 1 :00 a.m. in the Kernville Masonic 
Lodge with members of the Kern 
River Valley Lodge #872, F & AM 
officiating. Burial followed in the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery. 

A 53-year county resident, Mr. 
Boring was born January 3, 1 91 7 in 
Newbridge, Oregon, and passed 
away in Bakersfield on December 
28, 1995. He was the fomner owner- 
operator of the Kernvale Club in 
Lake Isabella. 

An active member of the Kem 
River Valley community, he was a 
member of the Kem River Valley 
Masonic Lodge #872. B.P.O.E. 
#2358 in Wofford Heights, the 
Eagles Aerie #3156, the loyal Or- 
der of the Moose #498, the Shnne, 
Scottish Rite and the Bodfish 

Beamers. 

Survivors include his wife, 
Gertrude Boring of Lake Isabella; 2 
sons, Frank Boring of Trona, Cali- 
fomia, and Dean Boring of Redding, 
Califomia; his daughter, Judy Riggs 
of Ridgecrest, Califomia; a sister, 
Dorothy Wilbanks of Florida; 2 
brothers, Robert Boring of lone, 
Califomia. and Olen Boring of Or- 
egon; five grandchildren and three 
great-grandchildren. 

VisRation was at Valley Mortu- 
ary on Wednesday, January 3, 
1996, from 10-5 p.m. 

Arrangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary, Lake Isabella. 



Walter Jackson 
(Jack) Stuart II 

Jack Stuart was bom in Texas 
on December 8, 1920. He passed 
away in San Diego, California, on 
January 3, 1996, at ttie age of 75. 
Jack came to Califomia in 1938 
wliere he lived in the Los Angeles 
area until 1988, when he came to 
the Lake Isabella area. 

Jack is survived by his wife 
Helen; son Walter Jacteon Stuart 
III; daughter Shelley Beechler; 
granddaughter Kristina; sisters, Iva 
Mae Bunge, Juanita Jones and 
Rachel Stuart Mills. 

Services were held Tuesday, 
Januarys, 1996, at 2:00 p.m. at the 
Kemville Masonic Lodge #827, with 
interment following at Kern River 
Valley Cemetery. 

Jack was a Past Master of Palm 
Springs Masonic Lodge in 1964. 
Ellis Mills, Past Master of the 

Redondo Beach Masonk: Lodge 
will do the Masonic Sen/ice at local 
Lodge #827. 

Services were entrusted to the 
care of the Bonewell family of the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home, a 
Golden Rule Funeral Home. 



Wayne (Hoot) Phelan 

Aug. 7, 1956 -Dec. 28, 1990 
Ifs been 5 years nowl 

A million fame I've missed you 
A million tears I've cried 
if love could have saved you 
You never would have died. 

Things I feel more deeply are 
The hardest things to say, 
Dearest son, I've always loved you 
In a very special wdy. 

I often sit and think of you 
And think of how you died. 
To think I couldn't say goodbye 
Before you closed your eyes. 

No one can know my emptiness 
No one can see my weeping 
For all my tears from an aching heart 
Are shed while others are sleeping. 

If I had a lifetime wish, my son 
Or a dream that would come tme 
I'd pray to God with all my heart 
For one more day, my son, with you. 

Love Mom, Dad, Mike, Jim, 
Sherry, Patty and Wayne Jr. 



Wednesday, January 10, 1996 



James David Stith 

Graveside services were held 
Thursday, December 28, 1995, at 
1:00 p.m. at Kem River Valley 
Cemetery for James Davijl Stith of 
Lake Isabella. Officiating was Pas- 
tor Floyd Castillo of the Hiahland 
Chapel United Methodist Cnurch. 

Mr. Stith was bom February 28, 
1917 in Cub Run, Kentucky, and 
passed away on December 21, 
1995, in Lake Isabella. He worked 
for U.S. Steel for 30 years before 
retiring. 

He was a member of the Ma- 
sonic Lodge in Norwalk for many 
years. He loved to fish and hunt 
and garden. 

Mr. Stith is survived by his wife 
of 58 years, Nettie; sister, Esther 
Cox of Walnut Creek, Califomia; 
also many nieces and nephews; 
two grandsons, Stephen Stith of 
Rialto, California, and Joseph Stith 
of So. Jorden, Utah; granddaugh- 
ter Joleen Stith of Inyokem, Cali- 
fomia; daughter-in-love, Francy 
Bull; and two great-grandchildren 
Britney and Cameron Stith. 

Arrangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary. 



Melda L Costa 

Funeral services for Melda 
Loretta Costa, age 91 , of Wofford 
Heights was held on Monday, 
January 8, 1996, at 10:00 a.m. in 
the Valley Mortuary Chapel. Burial 
followed in the Kem River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights. 

A 7-year valley resident, Mrs. 
CostawasbomonAugust16,1904, 
in Stockton and passed away on 
December 29, 1995, in Ridgecrest. 
She lived in Stockton for many 
years and silso in the Los Angeles 
area for 30 years wtiere she wori<ed 
as a legal secretary for the Flour 

Corporation. 

Her family meant a great deal to 
her and those that will miss her the 
rrxjst include her son and daughter- 
in-law, Jay and Betty Costa of 
Wofford Heights; her daughter and 
son-in-law, Patricia and Lloyd 
Dunham, also of Wofford Heights; 
her grandchildren, Jadeen Costa, 
David Kelly, Robert Costa, Patricia 
Tipps Eind Debi Hamel, as well as 
her many great-grandchildren and 
great-great grandchildren. 

Visitation was held on Sunday, 
January 7, 1996, from 1-5 p.m. 

Arrangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary, Lake Isabella. 



Wednesday, January 17, 1996 



Allen Thomas Jones 

Funeral services were held 
Thursday, January 11,1 996, at 1 :00 
p.m. at Valley Mortuary Chapel for 
Allen Thomas Jones. Officiating was 
Pastor Deryl Lackey of Ml View 
Southern Baptist Church. 

Mr. Jones was bom April 25, 1911 
in Sales City, Georgia and passed 
away on January 6, 1996, in Mt. 
Mesa. He retired from McDonnell 
Douglas in 1974 after 25 years and 
has been a resident of the Kem 
River Valley for 21 years. He was an 
avid reader and loved to fish. 

He is preceded in death by his 
'wife Josephine. He is survived by 
his daughter, Marcilene Williams of 
Florida; his sisters Bemice Jones 
and Billy Jones Mangum, both of 
Georgia; Paul Anderer, son-in-law 

of Florida; Richard Czamowskl. 
nephew of New York; and numer- 
ous other family memtiers; and dear 
friends Carol Kleeman and family. 
Arrangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary. 



Jack EIroy Barlow 

Private arrangements were made 
for Jack EIroy Barlow wtio passed 
away on January 8, 1996, in Mt. 
Mesa, California. Mr. Barlow was 
born on December 15, 1916, in 
Winona, Minnesota, and has lived in 
the Kem River Valley for 19 years. 
He retired from tfie Southern Pacific 
Railroad after 42 years. He loved to 
fish and loved music and played the 
drums and at one time had his own 
band. He was a devoted f an of U.S.C. 

He is survived by his wife of 24 
years, Viola Barlow; his daughters 
Diane Sallenger of La Habra, Cali- 
fornia; and Susanne Sparrow of La 
Jolla, California; son Garry Mogster 
of San Clemente, California; sister 
and brother-in-law Maxine and Louis 
Nowell of Kernville; and nine grand- 
children and three great-grandchil- 
, dren. 

Arrangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary. 



Vednesday, January 17, 1996 



Emma Leia Hupka 
Miller 

Emma LeIa Hupka Miller, age 76. 
passed away on January 5, 1 996, in 
Bakersfield. California. She was bom 
in Roff, Oklahoma, on December 
20. 1919. Em was a resident of 
China Lake from 1948 until 1974 
when she and her late husband, 
Nick Hupka, moved to Lake Isa- 
bella. 

She is survived by her present 
husband of eight years, Melvin Miller 
daughter Gina Hupka of Rockville. 
Utah; son and daughter-in-law, Paul 
and Linda Hupka of Port Orchard. 
Washington; four grandchildren. 
Jennifer, Merces, Nicholas, Travis 
and great-grandson Jesse. Also 
step-son and daughter-in-law, Dan 
and Sheila Miller; and children 
Danny, Nicole, and Tiffany of 
Ridgecrest; and step-daughter Carol 
Miller and children Tanya and 
Natasha, of Santa Clarita, Califor- 
nia. 

A master quilter, Em was an ac- 
tive member of two quilt clubs in the 
Kern Valley. 

She will be remembered by those 
who knew her for her love and laugh- 
ter and the enthusiastic way she 
lived her life. 

Emma LeIa, you were loved by all 
who knew you. Your sense of humor 
and smile brightened every room 
and heart you entered. We were 
privileged to share your life. 



Robert Conrad 
Westphal 

A memorial servtee was held Sat- 
urday, January 6, 1 996, at 1 :00 p.m. 
at the Uke Isabella Kingdom Hall of 
Jehovah's Witnesses for Robert 
Conrad Westphal of Bodfish. Offici- 
ating was Mr. James Andie. Mr. 
Westphal was bom April 1 1 , 1915 in 
North Bergen, New Jersey and died 
December 28. 1995 at Mt. Mesa 
Hospital in Lake Isabella. He was 80 
years old. 

Mr. Westphal moved from 
Ridgecrest in 1 969 after retiring from 
NO.T.S. as an electrician. He is 
survived by his wife of over 60 years 
Florence of Bodfish; son and daugh- 
ter-in-law Bob and Toshi Westphal 
of Newberry ParK California; grand- 
son Mark and his wife Lorrie 
Westphal of New Jersey; great- 
grandson Eric Westphal of New Jer- 
sey; granddaughter Karen Westphal 
of Newberry Park; sister Anita 
Casamento of New Yortc. 

Arrangements by Ridgecrest 
Mortuary. 



Dorothy Eileen 
Kitchen 

Visitation was held at Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home for Dorothy 
Kitchen, age 71 , of Wofford Heiahts. 
on Thursday ,-January 11,1 996, from 
noon to 8:00 p.m. 

Sen/ices were held at First Bap- 
tist Church of Kemville, California, 
on Friday, January 1 2. 1 996, at 1 :00 
p m. with Rev. Drck Lewis. Pastor 
officiating. Interment foltowed at the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery. 

Dorothy was bom to Jim and 
Nellie DeWitton November 4. 1924. 
in Kellerville, Illinois. There were five 
children in thelrfamHy. She met David 
Kitchen in 1 941 and they were mar- 
ried in December of that year. In 
December of 1995. they celebrated 
their 54th anniversary. Tliey had one 
son, Donald, in 1 942. Together, they 
moved to California in 1953. In Cali- 
fomia, Dorothy worked in retail sales 
and aerospace assembly, working 
on installation of guidance system 

units. 

She and David moved to the lake 
area in 1979. She was very active in 
her church, Rrst Baptist of Kemville 
and in the V.F.W. Woman's Auxil- 
iary She also held the office of 
President of the Woman's V.F.W. in 

1982. 

Dorothy wasaterrific wife, mother 

and grandmother and will be deeply 
missed by her family and friends. 

Sen/tees were entnjsted to the 
care of the Bonewell family of the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home, a 
Golden Rule Funeral Home. 



William (Bill) 
Eugene Dodd, Jr. 

Services were held at the 
Highland Chapel at 12:30 p.m. 
on Monday, January 22, 1996. 
for Bill Dodd, Jr, age 75. A sec- 
ond service was held at Forest 
Lawn in Hollywood Hills on 
Tuesday, January 23, 1 996, with 
Rev. Floyd Castillo of the High- 
land Chapel Church officiating. 

Bill was born to William and 
Margaret Dodd, Sr. in Omaha, 
Nebraska, on March 20, 1920. 
He attended school in Omaha, 
as Weill as meeting and marrying 
Evelyn Marie Delafield. Together 

they had 54 wonderful years of 
marriage. 

They left Omaha and moved 
to Westchester, California, in 
1960 and remained there until 
1 977. Then they moved to Van 
Nuys, California, in 1978 and 
remained there until 1984 at 
which time they moved to Mt. 
Mesa where he lived until his 
death early Thursday morning 
on January 18, 1996. 

Bill loved to hunt as well as 
maintain his hobby of model rail- 
roads and his woodworking. He 
was a member of the Historical 
Society. He and his wife were 
members of the Rovers and 
traveled 70,000 miles with them. 
He was a very active member of 
the Highland Chapel Methodist 
Church. From 1986 to 1995 he 
had a yearly camping trip, during 
the Easter School break, with his 
four grandchildren. Bill looked 
forward each year to this trip. 

He is survived by his wife 
Evelyn of Mt. Mesa; son William 
Eugene Dodd III and wife Noreen 
of Newbury Park, California; 
daughter Tammy Cormeir of 
Newbury Park, California; four 
grandchildren, William Dodd IV 
and Thomas Dodd and Tina and 
Laura Cormeir, all of Newbury 
Park, California. Bill was be 
greatly missed by all his family 
and friends. 

Memorial donations may be 
made to the Kem Valley Hospital 
Foundation, P.O. Box 1 628, Lake 

Isabella. California 93240 or the 
Highland Chapel Methodist 
Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 
5301, Lake Isabella, Califomia 
93240. 

Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home, a Golden Rule Funeral 
Home. 



Wednesday, January 24, 1996 



Virginia Manoush 

Services were held at the 
Kemville Methodist Church for 
Virginia Manoush, age 84~ on 
January 1 9, 1 996, with Rev. John 
Carpenter, Pastor, officiating. 

Virginia was bom in Philadel- 
phia, Pennsylvania, on March 20, 
1911, to Minas and Orzmin 
Zulaiian who came to America 
from Armenia. Virginia was a 
member of the Armenian Apos- 
tolic Church. She received her 
schooling in Philadelphia where 
she met and married her hus- 
band John Manoush on June 25, 
1939. They wer members of St. 
James Apostolic Church in 
Watertown. They then moved to 
Cambridge, Massachusetts, 
where she and her husband op- 
erated a tailoring and cleaning 
business. 

In 1978, they moved to St. 

Augustine, Florida, and remained 
there until her husband's death. 
She then came to Kemville in 
1982. Virginia loved to walk and 
enjoyed the out-of-doors, she 
also had a hobby of knitting, but 
her most favorite hobby was 
Bingo. 

\/irginia is survived by her son 
John Manoush, and his wife Kim, 
of Sebago Lake. Maine; her 
daughter Eileen England and 
husband Jerry, of Kemville; one 
granddaughter April England of 
Kemville; and a host of relatives, 
including her sister Elizabeth of 
Philadelphia. Virginia will be 
missed by all who knew her. 

Services were entrusted to the 
care of the Bonewell family of the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home, a 
Golden Rule Funeral Home. 



Clar "Skeets" 
Byers 

Memorial services are 
planned for Clar "Skeets" Byers, 
age 92. of Porterville. California, 
to be held at a later date. Follow- 
ing cremation at Myers Funeral 
Service in Porterville, inurnment 
will be private. 

Mr. Byers died January 14, 
1 996, in Porterville. He was bom 
December?, 1903,inAdell, Iowa. 
He was a resident of Porterville 
for four years. He retired after 25 
years with the Los Angeles Fire 
Department and operated the 
Roads End Store above Kem- 
ville for 1 4 years. 

He was preceded in death by 
his wife, Mildred Byers. in 1992 
and a son. Cari Byers in 1933. 
Survivors include his son Clar 
Byers, Jr. of Porterville, Califor- 
nia; daughter Barbara Dillard of 
Medford. Oregon; brother Vic L 
Byers. Jr. of Anaheim. Califor- 
nia; brother Herbert Byers of 
Apple Valley. Califomia; sister 
Cassie Cord of Danbury. Iowa; 
five grandchildren; eight great- 
grandchildren; and many nieces 
and nephews. 

The family suggests memon- 
als to be sent to the American 
Diabetes Association. Central 
Valley Chapter, 55 Shaw Ave., 
Suite 109. Clovis, California 
93612. 

Ruth C. Warnock 

Born February 17,1 907. Ruth 
C Warnock passed away on 
December 12. 1995. She was 
preceded in death by her hus- 
band Virgil Warnock; two sisters 
Norren Hyten and Patricia Allen; 
also a grandson Wayne (Hoot) 
A. Phelan. 

Ruth and Virgil had a shoe 
repair shop and canvas shop for 
many years in the valley. 

She is survived by an only son 
Billy G. Wamockand wife Esther, 
grandsons James and Michael 
Warnock; granddaughter Sherry 
Walker; great-granddaughters 
Stacy and Stephanie Walker, and 
great-grandson Wayne Allen 
Phelan, Jr. She will be greatly 
missed by all. 



Wednesday, January 24, 1996 



Laura Ella Morgan 

Private services at the home, 
officiated by Pastor Jack Diiley, 
were held for l-aura Morgan, age 
84, who passed away on Janu- 
ary 1 8, 1 996. Laura passed away 
at her home after a long illness, 
with many of herfamily members 
at her bedside. Interment was 
held at Hillcrest Cemetery in 
Bakersfield. 

Laura was bom to Milton and 
Olive Parker in Marquette, 
Michigan on June 7, 1911. She 
received her schooling through 
high school in Marquette, she 
met and married her husband of 
67 years, Bertram, in Green Bay, 
Wisconsin. They later moved to 
Racine, Wisconsin, where they 
had three of their six children. 
They then moved to Kenosa, 
Wisconsin, where their other 
three children were bom. They 
came to California in 1950 and 
lived in Reseda until 1969 when 
they moved to Bodfish where 
they remained until her death 
last Thursday. Laura was a 
housewife and mother and loved 
to fish. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Bertram; her five sons, 
Bertram, Jr. and wife Judy of 

Fontana, California; Ralph Mor- 
gan of Missouri; Marvin Morgan 
and wife Dianne of Bakersfield; 
James Morgan and wife Pat of 
Grants Pass, Oregon; Michael 
Morgan and wife Nancy of Bod- 
fish; and daughter Arvilla Stem of 
Lake Isabella; plus 29 grandchil- 
dren, 22 great-grandchildren and 
one great-great grandchild. Her 
family and friends will miss her 
greatly. 

Services were entrusted to the 
care of the Bonewell family of the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home, a 
Golden Rule Funeral Home. 



Lawrence David 
Dodson 

Graveside services were held 
fnr Lawrence Dodson, age 94, ai 
the S Wver Valley Cemetery 
S WoSiS Heights, California, 
on Wednesday. January JO. 
iq96 at 2-00 p.m. Rev. James 
LefpasTcTofWalley Commu- 
nity Church, officiated^ 

Lawrence was born J<jne_t). 
195T. in Eliza. Illinois. He wed m 
Burbank prior to coming to Onyx 

^^SlulS^edbyhiswH^^^ 
of Onvx- foursons. Dean Dodson 
S Son country, C^rfon^- 
RalDh Dodson, Pacoima, oaii 
ffi; Gene Dodson of A^cho^: 
age. Alaska; and Edwa^^iJ 
llm of Oxnard, Cal.forn^ also 
three daughters, Dorothy Hines 
S Iowa; s'hiriey Hines o^F'onda 
and Rose Lovejoy of Pnoenix, 
Arizona; 21 grandcfMldren 26 
great-grandchildren; one great 

HomJ. a Golden Rule Funeral 
Home. 

Loretta Lucille 

M« Wvloae was bom January 
•St'lWn south Bend, indi- 

^"sheissun/ivedbyher^us^ 
band Morris L. Wy'°?« °*rblrl 

Winchester. You can rest easy 
"TrranStmentsbyValleyMor- 
tuary. 



.January 31, 1996 



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Franklin 
(Frank) Curtis 
Kennelty, Jr. 

Private services were held for 
Franklin Kennelty, Jr., who 
passed away at the Kern Valley 
Hospital on January 24, 1996. 
Frank, as he was known, was 
bom in Greensburg, Pennsylva- 
nia, to Franklin and Mary 
Kennelty, on April 2. 1 91 6. Frank 
received his schooling in 
Greensburg, Pennsylvania, and 
then, on September 13, 1941, 
married Florence Bushfield in 
Cumberiand, Maryland. They 
moved to the lake area in 1 967. 

Frank's hobby was charcoal 
sketching and he loved to fish. 
He frad a favorite sayfng, "There 
are only two types of people in 
the world, the Irish and those 
who want to be Irish." He had a 
special love for his grandchildren. 

He is survived by his wife of 
54 years; one son Franklin Lane 
Kennelty and wife Tonia of 
Bakersfield; three sisters, Isabell 
Gallenbeck, Leda Arena, and 
Marilyn Sheetz, all of Phoenix, 
Arizona. Frank will be greatly 
missed by his family and friends. 

Services were entrusted to 
the Lake Isabella Funeral Home, 
a Golden Rule Funeral Home. 



Lewis (Lou) 
i C. Coon 

Services were held January 
16, 1996, at the Eagles Lodge 
for Lewis C. Coon, age 66. Inter- 
ment followed at the V.A. Me- 



morial Cemetery. 

Lou was born in Monroe, 
Michigan, on July 26, 1929. He 
retired from the Navy at the Long 
Beach Ship Yard. 

He lived in Mt. Mesa for six 
years and belonged to the 
Moose, Eagles and the V.F.W. 
Lou liked to fish, shoot pool, play 
shuffieboard, and help people in 
every way he could. He would go 
out of his way to help people. 

Barbara Haley was his fiance. 
They had a good six years to- 
gether. She loved him very much. 
He had lots of friends in this 
valley, from one end to the other. 
She would like to thank all the 
people who came through to help 
her with the arrangements and 
for all the kindness and flowers. 

Matilda Agnes 
Dunn Collins 

Matilda Agnes Dunn Collins 
passed away on January 24, 
1996, at the Skilled Nursing 
Center of the Kern Valley Hos- 
pital. She was 100 years old. 
Matilda was born on March 12, 
1895 in Council Bluffs, Iowa, to 
Stephen and Mathilda Dunn and 
married Harry Collins on De- 
cember 31, 1941, while still in 
Council Bluffs. 

Harry preceded Matilda in 
death in 1964. Matilda had re- 
sided in California for 50 years, 
the last 30 being in the Kern 
River Valley. 

There will be a memorial mass 
on February 2, 1996, at 10:00 
a.m. at St. Jude Catholic Church 
in Wofford Heights with Father 



Charies Casaie officiating. In- 
terment will follow at Kern River 
Valley Cemetery. 

Matilda loved the outdoors. 
She would spend many hours in 
her garden, hoeing and trimming. 

She is survived by four 
daughters, Bernice Loveall and 
Harriet Carstens, both of the Kem 
River Valley; Clara Neville, of 
Prineville, Oregon; Darlene 
Jacobson, of Sacramento, Cali- 
fornia; and two sons, Gariand of 
Weldon; and Paul of Parker, 
Arizona. Another son, Harold 
preceded her in death in 1974. 
Also surviving are 24 grandchil- 
dren, 46 great-grandchildren and 
nine great-great-grandchildren. 
Matilda will be greatly missed by 
all friends and family. 

Services were entrusted to 
the Lake Isabella Funeral Home 
a Golden Rule Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, February 7, 1996 



Clarence Arthur 
Geringer 

Clarence Arthur Geringer 
passed away on January 30, 
1996, at Kern Valley Skilled 
Nursing Facility. He was bom in 
K4ystic,lowa,onAugust11,1919, i 
to Byron Geringer of Hannibal, 
Missouri, and Marie Robinson of 
Mystic, Iowa. Clarence retired 
from the Torrance Unified School 
District prior to moving to the 
Kern Valley in 1977. 

Clarence is survived by his 

wife, Betty, of 59 years. Tliey" 
had one daughter Nancy Bowen 
of San Jose, California; and two 
sons Dick Geringer and Bill 
Geringer, both of Vallejo. Cali- 
fornia. He is survived also by two 
sisters, Rorine Mason of Long 
Beach, California; and Leona 



Grossman of Dixon, Tllinoisrorie^ 
brother. Byron Gerringer, of 
Hemet, California; five grand- 
children and six great-grand- 
children. ' . . ,„ 
Sen/ices were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Dalton Henry 
Lee Flood 

Dalton Henry Lee Flood, in- 
fant, died Tuesday. December 
5 1995 at Simi Valley Hospital. 
' He is survived by his parents 
Michelle Beckstead and Gerald 
Fkxjd; brother Cordy Beckstead 
of Simi Valley; and grandparents 
Fran and Denriis^ Wargnier of 
-SiHTvSteyr^lyn^Beckstead of 
Washington; and Geraldine H. 
Fkxxl of Bakersfield, former 27- 
vear resident of the Kern River 
Valley; and several aunts and 

uncles. , J „n .on 

The service was held at l .^ 
D m Friday, Decembers, 1995, 
at Reardon Simi Valley MorUjary. 
Buriaf followed at Simi Valley 
Cemetery. ^ 

AnBngements are under the 
directkjn of Reardon Simi Valley 
- Mortuary. 



Archie Wallace 
Crawford 

Graveside services were held 
Wednesday. January 31. 1996. 
at 1 1:00 a.m. at the Kem River 
Valley Cemetery for Archie 
Wallace Crawford II. Officiating 
was Edward Reiin of the Rrst 
Baptist Church of Lake Isabella. 
Mr. Crawford was bom in Moss 
Point, Mississippi, and passed 
away after a long illness on 
January 28, 1996, in Mt. Mesa 

Mr. Crawford was a Merchant 
Seaman for over 25 year and a 
resident of the Kem Valley for 25 
years. He loved fishing and 
spending time with his grand- 
children. 

He is survived by his wife of 
58 years Margaret Crawford of 
Lake lsat>ella; son and daughter- 
in-law Archie and Kathy 
Crawford, also of Lake Isabella; 
son Ralph Crawford of California; 
four grandchildren and six great- 
grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday, February 14, 1996 




Destiny Dejae 
Hearn 

Graveside services for Des- 
tiny Dejae Hearn, age 4, were 
held on February 7, 1 996, at the 
Shatter Memorial Park, in 
Shatter, California, at 2:00 p.m. 
Surviving her is her mother, Janet 
K. Hearn Parker, and father, 
Steve L. Williams of Weldon; 
sister April Parker of Weldon; 
brother Ray Murray; sister-in-law 
Kim; nieces Brittany and Karissa 
of Frazier Park; grandparents 
J.J. and Lucille Hearn of Weldon 
and paternal grandparents Ju^y 
Allison of Bakersfield; aunt Su- 
san Wall, uncle Terry Wall, and 
cousin Lisa of Poison, Montana; 
uncle Delbert Hearn and aunt 
Colene, cousins Heather, Jarrod 
and baby Eric of Terra Bella, 
California; cousin Jason Hearn 
and wife Rosie, and cousin Marc 
of Shandon, California; aunt 
Rebecca, uncle Mike, William 
Jeffries, and Candy Aardel of 
Modesto, California. She also 
has innumerable great-aunts and 
uncles, second cousins, and 
great-grandparents, living in 
Bakersfield, Mrs. Marie 
Chadwick, Mr. and Mrs. Allison, 
Mr. & Mrs. Ben Chadwick. 

Destiny was born in Bakers- 
field on December 4, 1991 , and 
passed away February 1 , 1 996, 
at Valley Children's Hospital in 
Fresno, California, after a seven- 
month struggle with childhood 
cancer. She was a brave little ' 
girl, traveling n>any miles back 
and forth to Fresno to get che- 
motherapy and radiation treat- 
ments. Her doctors and nurses 
loved her deariy . We owe them a 
speciaUhanks, and also those at 



Ronald McDonald House. 

She was our angel sent from 
heaven. She was our sunshine, 
and the light of our lives, espe- 
cially her grandpa J.J.'s. She 
touched so many people's lives 
and had lots of friends in both the 
Kern River Valley and Fresno. 
The family wishes to thank ev- 
eryone for their prayers and 
support, here and afar. It seems 
like the entire Northern Hemi- 
sphere was praying for her. Many 
relatives and friends attended 
her funeral, some as far away as 
Kansas, Montana, San Diego, 
Reno, Stockton, Corona, Cherry 
Valley, Weldon, Lake Isabella, 
Shatter, San Luis Obispo, 
Bakersfield, Tulare, Fresno and 
Modesto. 

Her special friends Aaron 
DeLuca and David Katchfar will 
always be remembered. They 

were there to support and help 
Destiny and the family. Destiny 
touched lot of lives both old and 
young, and she was barely four 
years old. Her uncle Delbert 
Hearn from Terra Bella officiated 
the funeral with help from 
Grandma Hearn, Aunt Susan 
Wall and Cousin Lisa Wall. 

Arrangements by Mish Fu- 
neral Home of Olldale. 

Child So Fair 

In Memory of Destiny 

She was one in a million 
A person might say 
She loved everytxtdy 
In her own special way. 

She would brighten my day 
With her loving smile 
And when I felt bad 
She would hold me awhile. 

She had the touch of an angel 
So delicate and rare 
And if I needed a hug 
She was always there. 

She had a genuine loving 
And very special way 
When she made me feel better 
She would go out and play. 

When she left me ■ 
It made me so sad 
But I know she's in heaven 
So I don't feel so bad. 

She had so much love 
She would readily share 
And I felt blessed 
Knowing t^lis child so fair. 

Charii Gates 



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John Stephen 
Cross 

John Stephen Cross was bom 
July 14, 1926. He entered U.S. 
Arrny in 1945 and served_31_ 
-Vii[?iir^Korea. JapanTGefmanyT 
and Vietnam. He retired as Lt. 

He was preceded in death by 
his wife, Wanda, in 1994; In.s 
mother.Pansy.in1930;hisfa^ 

ther. Richard. '" ^Q^^^^fj^^ 
brother, Raymond, a Manne 
killed in Korea, 1951. 

Survivors include his daugh- 
ter Rebekah, of the home; John 
Jr. of Minnesota; steprnome^ 
Lucy; brother R'chard of Lake 
Isabella; brothers Robert and 
Victor of Hutchinson Kansas 
sisters Maudee Akers of 
Burbank, California; and Helen 



BriPdSineca, Southprollna- 
John died peacefully in his 
sleeo after a bout with cancer on 
Sary30,1996,athishomein 

Las Vegas, Nevada 



Alice Victoria 
Buder 

Memorial services were held 
Sunday, Febmary 11, 1996, at 
2:00 p.m. at the Kern River Val- 
ley Christian Church in S outhlake 
-foTAliceVictoria Buder. utriciai- 
ing was Pastor Duane Splawn. 
Alice was born in Berlin, 
Germany orit^ovemberl 3, 1900 
and married Fredenck (Fred) 
Herman Buder on August 16, 
1919 while yet in Gemnany. 

Fred preceded Alice in death 
in February 1 981 . They had lived 
in Long Island until the r^id- 
1 950's when they moved to San 
Diego to be close to their only 
child. Marlies Planter Caswell. 
Alice came to the Kern River 
Valley to live with her daughter in 
1986 She enjoyed the sociabil- . 
tv of Lake Xew Guest Horne 

(XowBur1ington)forafewy.ear3^ 

Alice loved her fam^y|"J 
grandsons, David and Jack 
Planter and four great-arand^ 
rhildren. She loved Coffee 
' Watches, and being with tier 
Sy friends, and club act«/.t.es 

'"Ihe?affed away peacefully 
at home with her daughter and 
ton^law Marlies and Rank 
Caswell where she had been 
Sforforthepastthreeyears. 

In I eu of flowers, donations 
rriaj S made to your favorite 

""^AiSngements by Valley t^or- 
tuary. 



George Willard 
Miller 

ocal community <or17 years 

grandchildren. Geo Qe 's sur 
vivedby hiswifeof ejvears 
Frances J. Miller; sons Gerald 
K'Ser and Ralph E^ MJI|n 
daughtersSuzanneRMcDonald 

^"fe^^^eWd January 
31 1996 at Oakdale Cemetery 

fn Glendora, California. 



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Robert E. Von Zell 

Robert Von Zell was bom to 
Gustaf and Hattie Von Zell in 
Chicago, Illinois on January 3, 

1915. He went to be with the 
Lord on February 9, 1 996, in Mt. 
Mesa, California. Services were 
held on February 16, 1996 at 
Roosevelt Memorial Park in 
Gardena, California. 

F^obert received his schooling 
in Chicago, where he sold news- 
papers on the street corners to 
help during the hard dofwession 
ycaip.He o/ten toW..6tc3nes'of 
noted gangsters in the Chicago 
area that he knew of due to his 
job with the paper. Robert left 
Chicago in 1933. He worked as 
a smoke-jumper fire fighter in 
C.C. Camps in Washington and 
Oregon. Often he was called 
upon to top and cut down trees, 
sometimes while the fire soared 
above his head. He came to the 
lake area 20 years ago. Robert 
loved to fish with his wife Ethel, 
and taught his grandchildren how 
to fish. Of course, no one ever 
caught as big a fish as grandpa. 
He also enjoyed golfing and had 
several buddies to golf with. Most 
of his buddies had preceded him 
in death. 

Robert could build a house 
from start to finish and he loved 
to remodel old houses. 

He is survived by his wife of 
36 years, Ethel Von Zell, two 
daughters, Martha McDaniel of 
Mt. Mesa, California and Judith 
Herndon of Rolling Heights, 
California; one son Douglas Von 
Zell of Cerritos, California; two 
step-daughters, Dorothy Darrof 
Irvine, California and Pauline 
Stoltenberg of Redondo Beach; . 
one step-son James Elliott of La 
Habra, California. Also a sister, 
Catherine Blake of Gardena, 
California; seventeen grandchil- 
dren and sixteen great-grand- 
children. He will be greatly 
missed by all who knew and 
loved him. 

Arrangements made by Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home, the 
Bonewell Family, Golden Rule 
Funeral Directors. 



Wednesday, February 21, 1996 



Phyllis Elizabeth 
McMurry 

Born August 20, 1916' in 
Quincy, Massachusetts, Phyllis 
Elizabeth McMurry passed away 
in Lead Hill, Arkansas on Feb- 
ruary 15, 1996. 

Phyllis was preceded in death 
by her husband, James F. 
O'Mara, Jr. and a daughter, Su- 
san M. O'Mara, and two sisters. 
Surviving relatives include sons 
James F. O'Mara III of 
Carmichael, California, Michael 
P. O'Mara of Tacoma, Washing- 
ton and Peter O. O'Mara of Lead 
Hill, Arkansas; daughter Jane 
McKinley of Cabool, Missouri; 
sisters Evelyn Marie Cedarstom 
of Braintree, Massachusetts, 
Annette Savard of Cherry Hill, 
New Jersey; brothers Philip Louis 
O'Mara of Quincy, Massachu- 
setts, Russel O'Mara of 
Manchester, New Hampshire, 
and Robert O'Mara of Jupiter, 
Florida. 

Services provided by Holt 
Memorial Chapel, Harrison, Ar- 
kansas. 



Donald Root 
Haney 

Services were held February 7, 
1 996 at the Kemville Methodist Church 
for Donald Root Haney, 62, who died 
February 5 in a Bakersfield Hospital of 
heart disease. Pastor John Carpenter 
officiated. 

He was bom February 11,1 933 in 
. Versailles, Illinois to Margaret Root 
and Theodore Eugene Haney and 
into a long line of newspaper pub- 
lishers. His parents operated news- 
papers in small Midwest towns and he 
grew up working alongside them. In 
the 1940s, the family moved to 
Danville, Califomia where they started 
the Valley Pioneer. Don graduated 
from San Ramon Valley High School 
and attended Mt. San Antonio College 
in southern Califomia for a time. He 
went to work for a pump company as 
a hydraulic engineer, but was drawn 
Jo Cataiina Island when his parents 
moveci ti)erelh;j954 to operate The 
Cataiina Islander. Don soon joined 
them to work at the newspaper and 
took it over in 1962 when his parents 
retired. In 1 974 he purchased the paper 
from the Wrigley Company which had 
owned it for 60 years. During his 35- 
year tenure at the paper, he could do, 
and frequently did, everything at the 
paper, from writing and editing to taking 
and developing photos to setting type 
and running the presses. He ushered 
the paper through the transformation 
from hot lead type to the computer 
age. 

On April 1 8, 1 981 . he married Ann 
Regaldo, who joined the newspaper 
staff when she retired in 1984 as ad- 
ministrator of the local hospital. In 
1990 they sold the paper and moved 
to Kemville where they had frequently 
vacationed. 

He joined the Kemville Lions Club 
and the Kem Valley Model Airplane 
Club (KMAK). He was a member of 
the Kemville United Methodist Church 
and Cataiina Island Lodge No. 524. F. 
&A.M. 

He is survived by his wife, stepson, 
John Regaldo of Cataiina Island, 
California; three aunts. Pauline 
McCaskill, Mt. Sterting, Illinois, Metva 
Marshall, Robinson, Illinois andTanko 
Haney of Munster Indiana. 

Graveside services were con-« 
ducted Febmary 9 by members of •• 
Cataiina Masonic Lodge and he w«B- 
buried at Avalon Memorial Cemetery 
on the island he kjved so well. 

Services were entrusted to thecare 
of the Bonewell Family of Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home. AGoWen Rule Funeral 
Home. 



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Wednesday, February 21, 1996 



Ernest R. Travers Jackie O'Dell 



Born in Kewanee, Illinois on 
Febmary 16. 1911. Ernest R. 
Travers passed away February 
1 3, 1 996 in La fvlirada, Califomia. 
He was a resident of Lake Isa- 
bella for 24 years. Services will 
be held today at Kem River Valley 
Cemetery in Woffonj Heights. 
Reverend Snow of the First 
Baptist Churct). oLLakeJsabella 
will be. officiating.. 

Ernest was a retired carpen- 
ter and active in the 55 plus club 
where he was a past president, 
the CBClub and was also a past 
president of the Property Own- 
ers Association of the Reeder 
Tract. 

Ernest was a hard worker for 
the valley, getting the commodi- 
ties brought into the valley for the 
needy. He worked with Roy 
Ashburn to getthe senior citizen's 
building and to get phones put in 
the canyon. 

Ernest was preceded in death 
by his wife of 63 years, Annabel). 
He is survived by his children, 
J.M. Traver of La Mirada, Cali- 
fornia, Dorothy f^. Klein of 
Livingston, Texas and Marylou 
Ellis of Lake Isabella, brothers Al 
Travers of Lakewood, California 
and Aubry Travers of Trinity 
Center, Clare Engel Lake, Cali- 
fomia. He had 7 grandchildren 
and 15 great grandchildren. 



Kienle 

Jackie O'Dell Kienle, 71 , died 
Saturday, January 6, 1996. 

Graveside services were held 
at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 9, in 
Memory Gardens Cemetery with 
the Rev. Frank Williams of Cov- 
enant Presbyterian Church offi- 
ciating. 

Mrs. Kienle was bom in Ama- 
rillo and graduated from Amarillo 
High School in 1942. She mar- 
ried Bob Kienle in 1 952 at Clovis, 
N.M. She worked at Pantex dur- 
ing World War II. Jackie and her 
husband resided in Lake Isabella 
in the late sixties and early sev- 
enties. She was a homemaker 
and member of the Daughters of 
the American Revolution 
Arredondo Chapter No. 2 and 
the Laureate Delta Tau/Chapter 
PL 1572. 

Survivors include her husband; 
two sons, Jerry W. Kienle of Al- 
buquerque, N.M. and Bobby M. 
Kienle of Flat, Missouri; two 
daughter, Martha L Kienle of 
Albuquerque and Debbie J. 
Nielsen of Helena. Montana; five 
sisters, Miriam Palmer of Lake 
Isabella, California, Hazel 

Gardner of Vigo Park, Vesta Orr 
of Auburn, Maine, Mateel Brown 
of Amarillo and MyrI Blackwell of 
Oklahoma City; three brothers. 
M.S. O'Dell Jr. of Minden, Louisi- 
ana, Glenn O'Dell of Amarillo. 
Texas and Dale O'Dell of High- 
land Falls, New York; 13 grand- 
children and three great grand- 
children. 



Wednesday, February 28, 1996 



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Margaret A. 
Schiber 

Vigil services were held on 
Sunday, February 25, 1996, at 
7:00 p.m. in the Rose Chapel of 
the Lake Isabella Funeral Home 
followed by a funeral mass on 
Monday, February 26, 1996, at 
1 0:00 a.m. at St.- dode's Catholic 
Church for Bodfish resident 
Margaret A. Schiber, age 77. 
Committal services and inter- 
ment followed at the Kem River 
Valley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights. Rev. Charles Casale, 
parish priest of St. Jude's Catholic 
Church officiated. Mrs. Schiber 
passed away in a Bakersfield 
hospital on Thursday evening, 
February 22, 1996. 

She was bom in Tiff, Missouri 
on June 15, 1918. She moved 
with her family while still an infant 
to Granite City, Illinois, where 
she spent her early years and 
received her education there at 
Sacred Heart School. She and 
George W. Schiber were married 
in Granite City, Illinois, on Feb- 
ruary 1, 1936, and recently cel- 
ebrated their 60th wedding an- 
niversary together. 

In 1954 they moved to Los 
Angeles and in 1960 built their 
home here, moving to the lake 
full time in 1966. She and her 
husband owned and operated 
the Plaza Shoe and Department 
Store, now known as the Shoe 
Box in Lake Isabella, until retir- 
ing in 1974. 

Mrs. Schiber was a member 
of the St. Jude's Catholic Church 
and of the St. Jude's Altar and 
Rosary Society are was a past 
memberof the Kemville Rebekah 
Lodge. She was a devoted and 
loving wife, mother and grand- 
mother. She especially enjoyed 
reading, knitting, quilting, can- 
ning, reading and was an ex- 
ceptional cook and homemaker. 
She will be greatly missed by her 
loving family and friends. 



She was preceded in death by 
her parents and by two brothers 
OIlie and Mitch Roderick and by 
two sisters Grace Roderick and 
Sister Francis Gabriel. Mrs. 
Schiber is survived by her hus- 
band George of the family home 
in Bodfish; by sons and their wives 
Michael and Elizabeth Schiber of 
Templeton, Calif omia; Larry and 
Alice Schiber of Titusville, Florida; 
Phillip and Sandra Schiber of 
Livingston, California; and by two 
daughters and their husbands 
Carol and Rusty Thomas of 
Bodfish; and Linda and Tom Petty 
of Bakersfield. She is also sur- 
vived by brothers and sisters 
Lawrence "Dick" Roderick, 
Cecelia Cruse, and Theresa 
Marie Harding, all of Granite City, 
Illinois, and James Roderick of 
Manhattan Beach, California; and 
by 13 grandchildren Melinda 
Kershner, Ruth Ann Browning, 
Michael Charies, S^phen, Leslie, 
Kaylyn, Nicollette, Carolvn and 

Lawrence Schiber, Jr., Doug and 
Jenny Thomas, and Michelle and 
Collette Randour, and by five 
great-grandchildren; several 
nieces, nephews and many, 
many friends. 

The services were entrusted 
to the care of the Bonewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Wednesday, February 28, 1996 



15 



Max Shaw 

Max Shaw was bom to Wil- 
liam and Lottie Shaw on June 7, 
1918, in Arkansaw, Wisconsin. 
The family moved back and forth 
between Wisconsin and Califor- 
nia several times. Max went to 
elementary school in Long 
Beach, California, and attended 
high school in Wisconsin. 

Max left Wisconsin in 1935 
and retumed to Califomia where, 
in TonrancQ, he met Barbara Jane 
Hall and they were married in 
Glendale on October 7, 1939. 
Together, they lived in Long 
Beach, Torrance and othercities 
in the Los Angeles area. Max 
attended Pacific State University 
in Los Angeles where he became 
an electronics engineer. They 
spent 29 years together in the 
Northridge area before coming 
to the lake area in 1 983. 

He loved to fish and RV camp. 
He and Barbara belonged to tfie 
Kem Valley Rovers and went on 
many trips with other RVers. He 



also was a Ham radio operator 
and a member of the Kem Valley 
Amateur Radio Club. He loved 
music and played lead cornet at 
the Chicago World's Fair in 1 936. 
Mcix loved animals, especially 
cocker spaniel dogs. Max was a 
member of the Highland Chapel 
United Methodist Church. 

No matter whatfate threw him. 
Max could overcome any odds 
to go on a trip, such as the time 
in the 1 960's when the car never 
made it past Newhall and Max 
retumed home, worked on the 
car for two days, started out 
again, noticed a broken axle on 
the trailer. They just rented an- 
other trailer and enjoyed the re- 
mainder of the vacation in the 
Redwoods. 

Max is survived by his wife 
Barbara of nearly 56 years; two 
'.sons, Darryl of Lemoore, Cali- 
fomia, and Randy, of Idaho Falls, 
Idaho; and one daughter, Lois 
Esteb-Cohen, of Simi Valley; plus 
six grandchildren, Tim, Jenny, 
Keith, Robbie, Brian, and Bill; 
and three great-grandchildren, 
Tyler, Chelsea, and ChanteHe. 

Donations can be made to the 
Highland Chapel Methodist 
Church Memorial Fund in 
memory of Max Shaw. 

Arrangements provided by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home, the 
Bonewell family, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Home. 



Marceline 
Francine Ames 
(Esponda) 

Graveside services were held 
Wednesday, February 21 , 1996, 
at 1:00 p.m. at Rankin Ranch 
Cemetery, Walker Basin, for 
Marceline Francine Ames 
(Esponda) who died February 
16, 1996 in Pico Rivera. 

Mrs. Ames was born October 
15, 1910 in Lorraine, California, 
and had resided in the Los Ange- 
les area for 50 years. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Harry Maynard Ames; son, 
Harold Richards and his wife 
Muriel; granddaughters, Jana 
Richards, Joanne Bloot; grand- 
sons, Andrew and Josh; sister, 
Luteria Petersen; and brother, 
Johnny Esponda. 

Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara 
Funeral Directors 



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Jonnel Amber 
Dolan 

Jonnel Dolan passed away 
as a result of a traffic accident 
during the night of Saturday, 
February 24, 1996. The accident 
was not discovered until Monday, 
February 26, 1996. 

Visitation was held on Thurs- 
day, February 29. 1996, and her 
funeral service was held on Fri- 
day, March 1, t996. at 11:00 
a.m. 

Jonnel was tx)m to John and 
Sharon Dolan in Riverside, Cali- 
fornia, on January 9, 1968. 
Jonnel moved to San Francisco 
and later in 1992 moved to the 
lake area where she lived and 
loved life to the fullest. She was 
a t>eautiful daughter, sister and 
member of her family. 

She came to the lake area for 
one reason, "nature's beauty." 
She loved to hike and camp. It 
was said of her "She lived not in 
nature, but with it." Jonnel spent 
a lot of time along the river and 
streams of the area. She would 
set up her make believe cabin 
along the streams marking out 
her living room, her bath and so 
on. Even to the point that she 
would sweep the dirt in her living 
room. Everyone who knew her 
said, "Thafs Jonnel." 

Jonnel is survived by her 
mother and stepfather. Sharon 
and Carl Nelson of Mt. MesaT 
California; her father, John 
Dolan, of Riverside, California; 
two brothers Bryan Dolan of 
Columbia, South Carolina, and 
J.R. Wright of San Bernardino, 
California; one sister, Jacquelyn 
Jackson of Salinas, California; 
and her special friend and com- 
panion, Donald Jackson. 

The family is taking comfort 
from the statement of one of the 
family members "God must have 
loved Jonnel very much to have 
taken her so young." She is loved 
and missed by all her family and 
friends. 

Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home, a Golden Rule Funeral 
Home. 



Wednesday, March 6, 1996 



Lorelei Soule 
Hubbell 

Private family services will be 
held for Lorelei S. Hubbell, age 
83, of Bodfish. A 20-year Kem 
River Valley resident, Mrs. 
Hubbell was bom in Rifle, Colo- 
rado, on Febmary 3, 1913, and 
entered into rest on February 29, 
1996, in Bakersfield. 

Lorelei was a commercial art- 
ist specializing in landscapes. 
She had worked in Civil Service 
during Worid War II and moved 
to the valley from Yorba Linda, 
Califomia, after the death of her 



husband. 

She was a caring, generous 
person who loved nature and all 
of God's creatures, especially 
cats and birds. She was known 
by her friends and neiahbors as 
"the lady who feeds the birds." 
She enjoyed participating in art 
shows and was a talented car- 
toonist. 

Survivors include her sister, 
Dorothy Dunagan, of Kemville, 
and a dear friend, Carol 
Wermuth, also of Kemville. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake lsat>ella. 



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Wednesday, March 6, 1996 



Patricia Clytie 
Horn 

Our most beloved Patricia 
Clytie Horn passed from this life 
on February 26, 1996, after a 
long and valiant struggle with 
breast cancer. Bom on Sep- 
tember 1, 1948, Patty w^as 47 
years of age. It was a great joy 
and comfort for Patty-t& spend - 
the last days of her life at her 
home in Wofford Heights, en- 
joying the spectacular views of 
Lake Isabella, surrounded by her 
loving family, friends, pet cat and 
of course, "Skipper, the Wonder 

Dog." 

Patty was, right to the end, a 
positive and living expression of 
God. During the darkest hours of 
her struggle for life, Patty re- 
mained at peace, a loving con- 
duit of God's love, sharing her 
strength, love and hope with all. 

She met her mate of 28 years, 
Boyd, on a blind date at the U.S. 
Navy Seabee Base in Port 
Hueneme, were subsequently 
married and had four children, 
Hymm, Aaron, Chuck and Clytie 
AnnaJean. Her son Aaron pre- 
ceded his mother in death on 
February 26 J 995^ 



Patty Is survived by her 
grandmother, Clytie Allen of The 
Burlington in Wofford Heights; 
her parents, Gerald and Jean 
Obert of Southlake; sister Peggy 
of Chico, California; sister Penny 
of Lancaster, California; brother 
Paul of Colorado; as well as 
numerous nieces and nephews. 
Patty made so many deep and 
loving friendships, both in the 
Kem River Valley and abroad. 

Her honesty, her caring and 
fun loving spirit, made Patty a 
wonderful companion. She was 
keen to pursue the wholesome, 
active life she loved. She sought 
to capture from life all that was 
beautiful, honest and fun. Patty 
was most beloved, and will be 
deeply missed by all who knew 
her. 

Visftation was at Valley Mor- 
tuary in Lake Isabella on Friday, 
March 1, 1996, from 9:0G a.m. 
until 5:00 p.m. The funeral ser- 
vice was at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel on Saturday, March 2, at 
2:00 p.m. with Pastor Mary True 
of the Unity Church of Petaluma 
officiating. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 



Wednesday, March 6, 1996 



18 



Robert Bruce 
Yeager III 

Robert Bruce Yeager III, 
■John" was bom November 28, 
1946, into a Cascade Mountain 
snowstonri to Louise and~Bob" 
Yeager II. John grew up in those 
mountains surrounding Cascade 
Creek until he wasfouryears old, 
when hard time and deep snow 
moved the family west to 
Tehachapi, California, where he 
attended schools from kinder- 
garten to his high school gradua- 
tion in 1964. 

His passion for life was in the 
mountains and deserts, where 
he loved to explore, scrounge, 
hunt, fish and live. And those 
things he never stopped doing. 

After spending a short time in 
junior college, John served in the 
U.S. Coast Guard aboard the 
USS Storris in Alaskan waters. 

In 1969, while still serving the 
U.S.C.G., John married Kathy 
Freitag. They were living in Long 
Beach when theirfirst son, Robert 
Bruce IV "Little John" was bom. 
They then moved to Fresno, 
where John eamed a bachelor's 
degree in agriculture and a life- 
time teaching credential. While 
livrhg in hresno, their seraridsdrTr 
Bryan Dallas, was bom. 

John and Kathy moved their 
family to the Kem Valley, where 
they made their home and where 
their daughter, Mindy Lou, was 
bom. John's first teaching job 
was at Kem Valley High School, 
where he taught Ag and Ag me- 
chanics for sixteen years. He 
grew to love all of the students 
who touched his life and he left 
lifelong impressions on many 
young people's hearts and minds. 

His and Kathy's lives took 
separate paths, however John's 
thoughts never faded for his loved 
ones. 



In 1992. John got a job advising 
FFA at Arvin High School and 
taught there since then. Through 
the years he received many let- 
ters of appreciation and awards. 
Most recently he was recognized 
for his efforts in project growth at 
Arvin High School FFA. 

John spent the last few years 
hunting, fishing, exploring and 
enjoying the countryside with his 
sons, John and Bryan; his 
sweetheart and companion, Kim 
Titus; and his dog, Oso. 

He will be greatly missed by all 
of his family and friends. John is 
survived by his children, John, 
Bryan and Mindy; and their 
mother, Kathy; his mother, 
Louise; brothers, Bart and Jack; 
sister Nancy; and many lovrng 
uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, 
nephews and friends. 

On the 17th day of Febaiary, 
1996, John went into the high 
country for the last time, where 
he will live in our hearts forever. 

A memorial service v.'as held 
Wednesday, Febnjar^'23. 1996. 

in the Wood Family Funeral 
Sen/ice Chapel for family and 
friends. The family has requested 
in lieu of flowers that contributions 
be made to: FFA, Arvin High 
School, P.O. Box 518, Arvin, CA 
93203. Wood Family Funeral 
Sen/ice handled the arrange- 
ments. 



March 13, 1996 



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Allen Miller 
Coleman ,^ 

i c^^^i^'®"^^ was born Jufy 
15, 1910, to George and C^ 

2°'6"ian ^rTRonarirMontina^ 
He entered into rest at his home 
in Bodfish, California, on March 
7. 1996, at the age of 85. 

He was a truck driver for 
Safeway Stores for 40 years and 
moved to the lake area in 1 975 
Allen was quite a leather crafts- 
man and loved any hobbies re- 
quinng handwork. Later in his 
lite, he became an avid fisher- 
man. 

Survivors include his daugh- 
ter Shirley Sheumaker of Clovis, 

California; son Arnold, of Bonita, 
Califomia; seven grandchiWren,' ' 
13 great-grandchildren; plus 
sisters Dora Taylor of Montana- 
Ruth Hendrickson of Washing- 
ton; Bonnie Stipe of Montana; 
and brother Wesley of Montana' 
His wife. Edith, preceded him in 
death in 1991. 

Allen will be greatly missed by 
his family and friends. 

Services entrusted in the care 
of the Bonewell family of the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home 



Paul Pysarchyk 

Memorial services for Paul 
Pysarchyk will be held at High^ ' 
Hand CTiapel United Metnodisi- 
Church. Lake Isabella, at 1:00 
p.m. on Thursday. March 14 
1996. Pastor Floyd Castillo wili 
be officiating. He died on March 
4. 1996. following a lengthy ill- 
ness. 

Paul was born in New York 
City on April 8. 1 91 8. He came to 
California in 1955 and retired 
from the Los Angeles Unified 
School District. In 1973, h« 
moved to the Kern River Valley. 
Later he met and married Lena 
Mae iffSeptember 1984. 

He kjved todance. travel, work 
with wood and in the yard. He 
was a member of the Loyal Or- 
der of the Moose Lodge #498. 
Bodfish Beamers, SeniorCenter 
and a member of the Highland 
Chapel. 

Paul is survived by Lena Mae. 
is wife of almost 12 years; his 
former wife. Connie, of Bodfish; 
their children, Barbara Hubbard 
of Houston. Texas; Gregg 
Pysarchyk of Eagle Rock. Cali- 
fornia; and JoAnn Green of 
RiaJto, California. Another son, 
Waynfe. died in 1970. There are 
four grandchildren. Laura Lee. 
Teresa Ann. Ruben Paul and 
J^mam Patrick, all of Houston; 
^^4 one great-aranddaughter. 
patiren. also of Houston. He is 
^Iso^urvived by two sisters, Qkia 
and;i Mildred, and a brotiwF 
Walter. ^^ 



March 13, 1996 



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Helyn L. Olson 

Graveside services for Helyn 
L. Olson of Hanford, California, 
were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, 
March 5, 1996, at the Hanford 
Cemetery. Officiating were the 
Lucerne Chapter of the Eastem 
Star #127 and Sandy Jacobs, 
Minister of the Religious Science 
Church of Visalia, California. Mrs. 
Olson died Friday, March 1, 
1 996, at a Hanford hospital. She 
was 80 years old. 

Mrs. Olson, a self-employed 
beauty operator, was bom in 
West For1<, Arkansas, and lived 
in Kings County for 10 years. 
She was a member of the Unity 
Church, the Kem River Chapter 
643 of the Eastem Star and a 
membertheGrandmothersClub 
of Califomia. 

Helyn and Byron Olson retired 
to Lake Isabella in 1973 and 
moved to Hanford in 1 986. They 
had spent many vacations, years 
before that in Lake Isabella. They 
had lived in Paramount, Califor- 
nia, where Byron was Vice- 
President of Golden State Bank. 
Her husband, Byron A. Olson, 
died in November 1989. Survi- 
vors include two stepsons, Byron 
Olson Jr. of Chatsworth and Allen 
Olson of Palm Springs; three 
step-daughters, Betty Brown of 
Van Nuys, Virginia Hall of Desert 
Hot Springs and EIna Pederson 
of Los Banos; two brothers, Paul 
Love of Downey and Joe Love of 
Ridgecrest; two sisters, Betty 
Vigario of Hanford and Doris 
Hofius of Long Beach; eight step- 

grandchiWf enand six step-great- 
grandchildren. 

Visitation was from noon to 5 
p.m. Monday. March 4, 1996, 
and 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, 
March 5, 1996, at Whitehurst- 
McNamara Funeral Service. 



Haskell B. Long 

Funeral servfces were held 
Thursday, March 7, 1996, at 
10:30 a.m. at Mt. View Southern 
Baptist Church for Haskell B 
Long. Officiating was Pastor 
Deryl Lackey and Dr. W.M. East 
Interment followed at Kem River 
Valley Cemetery with Pastor 
Robbie Robinson officiating. 

H.B., as he was known 
passed away on March 3, 1 996* 
in Mt. Mesa, California, after a 
long illness. He was born on 
Apnl 15, 1909 in Rush Springs 
Oklahoma, and married Gladys 
Chapman in 1930. He was or- 
dained to the ministry in 1940 
and moved to Califomia in 1 944 
to help establish Southern Bap- 
tist Churches. His ministry in 
California was in Santa Ana 
long Beach, Whittier, Garden 
Grove and Clovis, all in Southern 
Califomia. 

In addition, he also served on 
many committees for the state 
convention, such as education 
that led to establishing the Cali- 
fornia Baptist College at River- 
side; hospital; Children's Home 
and others. 

H.B. also was a teacher for 
the Los Angeles School System 
teaching in Watts at Jordan High 



School for eight years. In 1968 
he taught Junior High Scienceat 
Woodrow Wallace until 1974. 
Then, because of age, he retirad 
again and was used in the distn^ 
as a substitute teacher for three 
years. 

H.B.'s philosophy was "Edu- 
cation plus Evangelism," so he 
also served as pastor of begin- 
ning Southem Baptist Churches 
iri the valley. He was pastor of aH 
three Southern Baptist 
Churches: Lake Isabella Mt. View 
Southem Baptist; Kernvilie First 
Southem Baptist; and Weldon 
Southern Baptist Church. He has 
ministered to many people in the 
valley through "Education and 
Evangelism" in his 28 years in 
the Kern River Valley. 

He is survived by his wife 
Gladys and daughter Mary E. 
Long, both of Lake Isabella- 
daughter Monta Jo (Mrs. Charles 
Erikson) of Garden Grove, Cali- 
fornia; and Janet (Mrs. Charles 
Crawford) of New Orleans, 
Louisiana; five grandchildren and 
12 great-grandchildren. He will 
be missed by so many. 

In lieu of flowers, the family 
has requested contributions, to 
the Buillding Fund of Mt. Vfew 
Southern Baptist Church in Lake 
Isabella. ■ 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Samuel Payne 
& Doris Roberta 

Moyer 

Graveside services were held 
for Samuel Payne and Doris 
Roberta Moyer at Kern River 
Valley Cemetery. Sam, age 88, 
passed away on February 21, 
1 996, at a hospital. Doris passed 
away at her home a few weeks 
later on March 10, 1996, at the 
age of 85. 

Sam was bom in Washington 
D.C. on July 7, 1907. He was a 
mining engineer for Bechtei En- 
gineering Co., Inc. He was a 
memberof the American Institute 
of Mining and Metallurgical En- 
gineering, Sam has lived in Ihe 
valley for 17 years. 

Doris was bom in Old Kemville 
on January 26, 1911. She has 
lived in Wofford Heights for 46 
years, where she was a house- 
wife. She and Sam were married 
for 56 years. 

They are survived by their son 
Jack M. Ellis of Gait, California; 
three grandchildren and two 
great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements were made by 
Ben Salas of Gait, California. 

LaVetra Maxine 
Pope 

LaVetra Maxine Pope, of 
Bodfish, passed away on March 
8, 1996, at the age of 72 years. 
She was txim in Kansas on 
February 21, 1924, to Andrew 
and Ida Threewit. Her husband, 
Julian, preceded her in death in 

1993. 

She moved from Kansas to 
California in 1 928and to Bodfish 
in 1979. Her life's career was 
that of a devoted homemaker. 
LaVetra leaves her daughters 
Bonnie Hubbard and husband 
Jim, Frankie Kirschenmann, 
Sharon McGowan and husband 
Dennis, Agnes Carson, and a 
son George Pope and his wife 
Carolyn, plus 13 grandchildren 
and 21 great-grandchiWren. She 
wiH be great ly missed by all wh o 
knew and loved her. 

Arrangements provided by 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home, the 
Bonewell family. Golden Rule 
Funeral Directors. 



Wednesday, March 20, 1996 



Charles Lee 
Gholson 

Funeral services were held 
Monday, March 18, 1996, at 
1 1 00 a.m. at Valley Mortuary for 
Charies Lee Gholson. Officiating 
was Pastor David Snow of the 
First Baptist Church in Lake 
Isabella. Interment followed at 
Kern River Valley Cemetery. 

Mr. Gholson was born on 
August 3, 1 936 in Mason Valley, 
Arkansas and passed away on 
March 12. 1996, in Bakersfield, 
California. He has been a resi- 
dent of the Kern River Valley for 
22 years and has worked at 
Safeway and Vons for all those 
years here in the valley. He was 
very active in the FF A at the Kern 
Valley High School and the Ex- 
plorers, also the Boy Scouts. He 
loved to fish at the lake and he 
also loved bowling. 

He is survived by his wife of 
19 years, Shirley, of Lake Isa- 
bella; his son Charies Lee 11; 
daughter Angela Marie Gholson, 
also of Lake Isabella; his sisters 
Betty Graham of Texas and 
Helen Meigs of Sunnyvale. He 
will be missed by all who knew 

him.; . . w 11 

:A«^ngements by Valley 

Mortuary. 



Myrtle "Myrt" I. 
Robinson 

Myrt passed away in ML Mesa, 
Califomia, on March 1 0, 1 996, at 
the age of 84 years, 1 1 months 
and 10 days. She was bom in 
Warren, Ohio, on April 1, 1911, 
to Arthur and Violet Remalia. 
She graduated from Warren G. 
Harding High School. Myrt mar- 
ried HilTard S. Robinson on No- 
vember 25, 1937, and moved 
with her family to Southern 
Califomia in 1 946. 

Her vocation was in account- 
ing, in which she worthed until 
she retired at the age of 72. Myrt 
was widowed in 1971 and she 
moved up to the Lake Isabella 
area six yeans ago when her son 
and daughter-in-law moved here. 

Myrt is survived by her son, 
Arthur Robinson and his wife, 
Barbara, of Bodfish; three 
grandchildren and six great- 
grandchildren; a brother, Neal 
Ramalia and his wife Elma, of 
Hemet, Canformaf; artd a niece; 
MaryAnn Lowry of Warren , Ohio. 
She will be greatly missed by all 
her friends, especially at her fa- 
vorite coffee shop, and mostly 
by her family. 

Arrangements provided by 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home, the 
Bonewell family. Golden Rule 
Funeral Directors. 



Wednesday, March 20, 1996 



In memory of 
Richard Cross Sr. 
Love To My Daddy 

The little man with silvery gray 

A little man whose memorv 
wasnt there. ' 

Whose heart was like a child 
But always lifted you up with a 
great smile. 

He always talked of children in 
the trees. 

Especially when the breeze 
hit the leaves. 

His love for his family was 
really areat. ^; ^ 

As his wife stood by him. a 
iovina mate. 

, ^if^ night came, he was 
afraid to sleep. 

And many times, he started to 
weep. 

When you patted his shoulder 
and told him "it's alright." 

He was able to sleep most of 
the night. 

^l ^^^^ *2s ^eavy with pain 
When my daddy said many 

things without any gain. 
We never stopped loving him 

as time went by. 
All we could do is just try 
If medals are given to a person 

on earth, 

Can you imagine how many 

my daddy is worth'' 

Putting ail of us kids to a test 
We know we will see him again 
at heaven's gate. 

If we all believe in God Al- 
mighty, he's there for the take 
heart^® vou. Daddy, with all my 

You were always there right 
from the start. 

I'll be there to walk with you 
hand and hand 

Only the Lord knows when I 
can. 

So. Daddy, wait at the golden 
stairs. 

And you always know that your 
family really cares 

We will all be together in the 
great up above. 

And it all started with a daddv 
for love. ' 

.1 love you. Daddy, and will 
miss you. 

Maudee Akers 



22 



Lena Ethel 
(Gough) Braden 

Graveside sen/ices were held 
for Lena Ethel (Gough) Braden, 
fonnerly of Lake Isabella, or! 
Wednesday, March 13, 1996, at 
1 2:30 p. m. at the Hillcrest Memo- 
rial Park in Bakersfield, Califor- 
nia. Officiating was Reverend 
Herman Lippert. Burial followed 
at Hillcrest Memorial Park in 
Bakersfield. Visitation was held 
on Wednesday. March 13 from 
1 1 .00 a.m. to 12:00 noon, at the 
Hillcrest Chapel in Bakersfield. 

Lena was bom on February 1 , 
1916 in Appleton City, Missouri,' 
and passed away of natural 
causes on March 10, 1996 at 
Beverly Manor Health Care 
Center in Ridgecrest, California 
She was 80 years old. 

She was a member of the 
Grandmother's Club #94, the 
Moose Lodge of Lake Isabella, 
and a member of the Beamer's 
Club. 

Survivors include daughter 
Karen Joyner of Olancha, Cali- 
fornia, with whom Lena lived since 
May 1995; daughter June 
Bradstreet of Ridgecrest, Cali- 
fornia: grandson Jamoc^^ 
MacDonaW of Lancaster Cali- 
fornia; granddaughter Nonnie 
Childers of Pomona, California- 
grandson Kenneth Anglin of Up- 
land. California; great-grand- 
daughter Joni Childers of 
Pomona. California; and great- 
grandson Dustin Childers of 
Pomona, Califomia. 

In lieu of flowers, the family 
requests that contributions be 
made to the American Cancer 
Society, 1599 Clifton Rd NE 
Atlanta, Georgia 30329. 

An-angements by Holland & 
Lyons Mortuary of Ridgecrest 
California. 



Richard William 
Seltenreich 

Private arrangements were 
made for Richard William 
Seltenreich who passed away 
on March 11, 1996, in Mt. Mesa 
after a long illness. He was bom 
in Breckenridge, Colorado, on 
October J 7, 1909 and has lived 
in Califomia for more than 50 
years. 

tie worked for MGM for 30 
years before retiring and moving 
to the Kern River Valley over 21 
year ago. He was a member of 
the Moose, Elks and the Eagles. 
Richard and his wife Constance 
were very active in the valley 
before she passed away. 

He is survived by his nephew 
James and his wife Janice and 
their family. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Herbert L. Brady 

A funeral mass was held 
Wednesday, March 13, 1996, at 
St. Jude Parish Catholic Church 
at 1 0:00a.m. forHertjert L Brady 
of Lake Isabella. Officiating was 
Father Charles Casale. Burial 
followed on Thursday, March 1 4, 
1996, at 11:00 a.m. at San 
Femando Mission Cemetery in 
Mission Hills. Officiating was 
Monsignor Amy. 

Herbert was bom May 20, 
1 935 in Staten Island, New York, 
and passed away at his home in 
Lake Isabella on March 1 0, 1 996. 
He has been a resident of the 
Kern River Valley for 15 years 
and enjoyed camping here. His 
family said that he loved life and 
his t)eer. He also loved KVLI and 
was said to have all radios tuned 
toiL 

He is survived by his wife of 
20 years, Gloria, of Lake Isabella; 
his sons. Robert Brady of West 
Hills; Herbert Brady of Granada 
Hills; and daughters Gloria 
Sepulveda of Bakersfield; Kathy 
Freidman of Lake Los Angeles; 
Regina Gomez of Granada Hills; 
as well as 1 1 grandchildren and 
three great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday, March 27. 1996 



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Jerry Erwin 
Harper 

Services are being held today, 
Wednesday, March 27, 1996, at 
100 p.m. at the Lal<e Isabella 
Rose Chapel for Jerry Enwin 
Harper. Jerry was bom March 
23 1933, in Centralia, Illinois, 
the son of Herbert Gerald Harper 
and Mildred Ida Rapp. He was 
the second of three children bom 
to this marriage. His older seter, 
Barbara Lucille, died at birth. 

At the age of 12, Jeny was 
baptized and became a member 
of the New Harmony, Southern 
Baptist Church in Centralia, Illi- 
nois. He graduated at Centralia 
Township High School in 1952, 
and joined the United States Air 
Force on June 24, 1952andwas 
sent to UcWand Air Force Base 
in San Antonio. Texas, and was 
discharged June 23, 1956 in 
Tucson, Arizona. He sen/ed as 
an aircraft mechanic during his 
enlistment. . 

He mamed Marjone Luei^ 
Lance on September 5, 1955, 
and five children were bom to 
this marriage. Jerry lived and 
worked in Illinois for several 
years, and then moved to Cali- 



fornia. He was divorced from 
Marjorie. and later mamed Linda 
Elaine Fritzche on October 15, 
1975. There were no chtWren 
bom to this maniage. Linda died 
of cancer on June 12, 1994, in 
Nonwalk, Califomia. 

Jerry had worthed for several 
years at Kraft Food Inc. as a 
maintenance mechanic, before 
having to retire on disability after 
two heart by-pass surgenes. 
After the death of Linda, he 
bought a home in Lake Isabella 
and moved here in January of 
1995, living here until his death 
on March 20, 1996. 

He was preceded in death by 
his father, Herbert Gerald; sister 
Bartjara Lucille; and wife Linda; 
also a daughter, Lisa Jean, still 
bom, from his first marriage. 

Jerry is survived by his mother 
and step-father. George and 
Mildred Peper (Paper) of 
Centralia, Illinois; four childrerr 
Vickie Lynn, Deborah June and 
Jerry Michael, all of Centralia. 
Illinois; and Hertjert William of 
Peoria, Arizona. Six grandchil- 
dren of Arizona and Illinois; sis- 
terand brother-in-law, Phyllis and 
Jim Piper of Uke Isabella; and 
Jerry's girifriend, Nellie Waugh, 
of Bodfish. He will be greatly 
missed by all who loved and 
knew him. 

Funeral arrangements were 
entmsted to the care of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home, a Golden 
Rule Funeral Director. 



Wednesday, March 27, 1996 



24 



Phyllis Marie 
HuntGi 



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niiviii'- was born in 
Hut(;liii 'iMri. Kansas, on No- 
vfjini -V ii iyi7. She passed 
-iw--'.v Mfi I'.iarch 19, 1996, in 
'_;.ikt;':it'(ir.). CaHfomia, attheage 
■y, ')) ' '^■v/ii:es were iield in the 
■?c;r 'j. i-o| of the Lake Isa- 
jRl!. ; r . .! ■(,. ,ii Home on Saturday, 
Mat'-.fi :.^'!. 1996, at 1:00 p.m. 
A-iMiP- •.■!• r Ralph Mickley of the 
•lilllf.i' ') nicotian Fellowship of 
•.;i M!i.'"l:\ California, officiating. 
■f^' and married Cart 
! ir'gether they moved 
■:■ Angeles area. Mr. 

■ f" led her in death. 
I'-rnained in the Los 
'fT until she retired at 

/vhicii 'MMe? she moved to the 
lake ai •:! in 1970. After moving 
•'er'i ^.1 ••: I If?! and married Cortez 
'^u^!el I ifiy were together until 

Si't 'r.' ;?t) to take her grand- 
:[i't'-^ ■ .•■■.ni\ at the lake. She 
■ -' to travel in her 

■ ■ !ll around the states. 
ifi' ludeherhusband 
!-e Isabella; two sons 

^1 Cumberton Fur- 
•i lessee, and Gene 
■>r,;.. ; ' Kwita Ana, Califomia; 
itx ai «i idoti:ldr«n and eight great- 
,.i I!'' ..i. . ., qnri a great host 
» i;;f ,:, v.tio knew her and 

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i ' ■' e Lake Isabella 

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:-*c*ferPred-J. Holzer, 

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' : esident, Mr. Holzer 

■■■!::■ ist 14, 1911, in 

:■'.-., California, and 

■' '-fi March 19. 1996, 

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' • eci as a firefighter 

"' Angeles City Rre 

' (o/ 34 years, rising 

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• include his wife, 

•"'.0? of Kernville; a 

i athryn Poufos of 

'I .California; son Ted 

' Oxnard, Califomia; 

! Jicolas of Fountain, 

3 brother, Alfred 

"I fJuys, Califomia; a 

' . Daisy Annison of 

.'nlifornia; grand- 

Cally and Parneia 

' several nieces and 

Clients by Valley 
Ice Isabella. 



Wednesday, April 3, 1996 



25 



Cildia Russell 

Cildia Russell passed away 
Thursday. March 21, 1996, al 
Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield, 
California. She was 72. 

Bom Cildia Timpe on Febru- 
ary 18. 1924, in Jerseyville. Illi- 
nois, she was one of thirteen 
children. 

Cildia lived in the Kem River 
Valley in California for the past 
40 years. She was married to 
Jim Russell (deceased). 

Together they made their 
home in Bodfish Canyon on 
property purchased from early 
days rancher Vem Harrington. 

Cildia was well known for her 
outstanding cooking and worked 
at several Kern VaHey eateries. 
She also enjoyed home canning. 
She liked to garden and raised 
rabbits. 

She was also an accom- 
plished artist in her own right. 
Other interests included sewing, 
reading and fishing. 

She is survived by three chil- 
dren, Ron Fennell of South Gate, 
California; Judy Stone of 
Bakersfield, California; and 
Goldie Veitch of Meeker. Colo- 
rado; also one sister, Freddie 
Howard of Barstow, California; 
eight grandchildren and three 
great-grandchildren. 



Keith Shelton 
Parker 

Keith Shelton Pari<er, age 77, 
entered etemal life on March 25. 
1996, at his home in Kemville. 
Califomia. Keith was bom on 
December 24, 1918, in Lexing- 
ton. Kentucky, to Shelton and 
Bessy Parker and they moved to 
Califomia at t^e age of four. Keith 
attended VerifuraColFege and 
U.S.C. and worked'for Northrop 
Aircraft from 1 940 to 1 944 as an 
aircraft assembler. He served 
his country in the U.S. Army from 
1944 through 1946. He then 
became a patrolman for the 
California Highway Patrol in 
Ventura County for 27 years until 
his retirement in 1975. 

In 1978 Keith began wori<ing 
on his dream home in Kemville. 
building it with his own hands. 
He married Agnes Ella Smith in 
1981 and they moved here per- 
manently in 1986. 

Keith loved woodwori<ing. He 
was President of the Kem Valley 
Golf Club and a member of the 
Elks. 

Keith leaves his wife Agnes; a 
daughter Debbie Martin and 
husband Steve of Honolulu, 
Hawaii; and sister Doris Harris of 
Hawthome, Califomia. He will 
be greatly missed by all who 
knew and loved him. 

Services are private and ar- 
rangements were made by Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home, the 
Bonewell family, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Home. 



Anthony W. 
Castro, Sr. 

Graveside committal sen/ices 
were held on Friday, March 22, 
1996, at 10:00 a.m. for Anthony 
W. Castro, Sr., at San Femando 
Mission Cemetery, Mission Hills, 
California. 

Mr. Castro was born January 
10, 1920. in Santa Barbara, 
California, and passed away from 
a lengthy illness on Sunday, 
March 17, 1996, at a Pleasant 
Valley hospital. He was 76 years 
old. 

Anthony retired from 
Rocketdyne Div. of Rockwell, Int. 
in Canoga Park. He was a 4th 
Degree Grand Knight of the 
Knights of Columbus. He was 
also a member of the Kem Val- 
ley Moose Lodge, the Kem Valley 
Rod and Gun Club and the Kern 
Valley Golf Association. 

He is survived by his son and 
daughter-in-law, Tony and Janet 
_Castro of Moorpark, Califo mia; 
son and daughter-in-law, Georg( 
and Linda Castro of Canyor 
Country, Califomia; six grand 
children and seven great- 
grandchildren; and his sister 
Geraldine Darci of Camarillo 
California. 

Donations can be made to St 
Vincent De Paul Society. 



Wednesday, April 3, 1996 



26 



LeAnn Carol 
Jones Jansen 
Scales 

Graveside services were held 
Thursday, March 28, 1996. at 
1 :00 p.m. at the Kern River Val- 
ley Cemetery for LaAna Carol 
Jones Jansen Scales. Officiating 
was Peistor Jon Rowe of the 
Church of Christ in Mt. Mesa, 
Califomia. 

LeAnn was bom January 8, 
1956, in Erie, Pennsylvania and 
passed away March 24, 1 996, in 
Bakersfield, Califomia. She has 
been a resident for 27 years and 
graduated from Kem Valley High 
School in 1 973. She was a local 
artist in the valley. 

She was preceded in death 
by her father, Henry Laurence 
Jones, Sr., and her uncle, Gor- 
don Guy Cappelletty. She is 
survived by her husband, Gary 
Joe Scales of Pumpkin Center, 
Califomia; her sons, Jeremy Earl 
Jansen Seaman Rcrt. from Great 
Lakes, Illinois, and Waylon Joe 
Scales of Lake Isabella; daugh- 
ter Jennifer Audrey Jansen of 
Lake Isabella; mother, Audrey 
Katherine Jones; brothers, Henry 
Laurence Jones, Jr. and Dale A. 
Jones, all of Lake Isabella; sis- 
ters, Traci Lynn Dean Speicher 
from Germany and Cheryl Rene6 
Jones of Beaver Lake, Aritansas; 
matemal grandmotherKatheryn 
Ellis of Riverbank, California, and 
paternal grandmother Pearl 
Arnold of Erie, Pennsylvania; and 
numerous aunts, uncles, neph- 
ews, nieces, cousins and friends. 

If one chose to look up into the 
night sky recently, they would 
have seen amongst millions of 
stars a spectacle so amazing 
that all else paled by comparison.i; 
A brilliance that awed those for-g 
tunate enough to gaze upon its 
beauty. Alone in its journey, 
seemingly tost and seaching for 
a home, like a frightened child 
turning another comer in a city of 
indistinguishable neon lights. 
And only after gauging your own 
mortality with the significance of 
the event, do you then realize its 
purpose. Sent by God to bring 



together otherwise separated 
family and friends. And upon 
accomplishing this, has found a 
home. Yet ail who looked could 
not have seen what I had seen, 
for 1 speak not of a comet, but my 
sister, who will be forever loved 
and missed. And unlike a comet, 
need not return, because she 
will stay with us in our hearts, 
always. Signed, D. Jones 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Fred J. Holzer 

Private family graveside ser- 
vices were held for Fred J. Holzer, 
age 84, of Kemville, in the Kem 
River Valley Cemetery. A 27- 
year valley resident, Mr. Holzer 
was bom August 14, 1911, in 
Los Angeles, Califomia, and 
passed away on March 1 9, 1 996, 
in a local hospital. 

Fred sen/ed as a firefighter 
with the Los Angeles City Fire 
Department for 34 years, rising 
to the rank of engineer. He was 
alsoa member of B.P.O.E. #2358 
in Wofford Heights. 

Survivors include his wife, 
Diana Holzer of Kernville; a 
daugjiter, Kathryn Poulos^of 
UanogaPari<, Califomia; son Ted 
Nicolas of Oxnard, Califomia; son 
Christy Nicolas of Fountain, 
Colorado; a brother, Alfred 
Holzerof Van Nuys, Califomia; a 
sister-in-law, Daisy Annison of 
Valencia, California; grand- 
daughters, Cally and Pamela 
Poulos; and several nieces and 
nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 



Wednesday. April 10, 1996^ 



27 



Charles (Chuck) 
A. Fitting 

A private family viewing was 
held on Saturday, March 30, 
1996, at the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home for Charles A. Fitting 
who passed this life at his home 
in Wofford Heights on Friday, 
March 29, 1996. 

Charles was born in Los An- 
geles, California, to Anna Marie 
and Charles A. Fitting, Sr. He 
lived and worked in the Los An- 
geles area until 1981 when he 
retired and moved to Wofford 
Heights. He married his loving 
bride JoAnne in 1982. 

He was very active in the 
Citizens Service Unit and Bodf ish 
Beamers. Charles enjoyed 
woodworking and living with the 
surrounding wildlife in the area. 

Charles will be deeply missed 
by his wife JoAnne; daughter 
and son-in-law Verne and Rich- 
ard Egan of Florence, Oregon; 
daughter and son-in-law Dianne 
and Gil Kajiki of Canoga Park, 
California; son and daughter-in- 
law Gregory and Laura Ito of 
Arleta, California; sister and 
Drother-in-law Virginia and 
Donald Moore of Wofford 
Heights; grandsons Bryan 
Tollefson of Montana and Dale 
Tollefson of Oregon; niece 
Donna Moore of Rancho Palos 
Verdes, California and his faith- 
ful dog, Cinder. 

He was a loving, humorous, 
faithful husband, father and 
friend. He will be missed by all 
whose lives he touched. 

In remembrance of and in 
tribute to Charles, donations may 
be made to Kem Hospice Ser- 
vices, 51 18 Lake Isabella Blvd., 
Lake Isabella, California 93240, 
or to the American Heart Asso- 
ciation. 

Services provided by the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home, the 
Bonewell Family, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Home. 



Howard Elston 
Bedwell 

Howard Bedwell passed away 
quietly in his home in Squirrel 
Valley on March 29, 1996, due to 
complications in his battle with 
cancer. He would have been 82 
on April 6. 

Mr. Bedwell is survived by his 
daughters and sons-in-law 
Sandy and Doug Emest and Judy 
and Dick Hallgren, all of Squirrel 
Valley; also seven grandchildren, 
eight surviving great-grandchil- 
dren and another on the way. 

Howard was oreceded in 

death by his loving wife of 56 
years, Jane, and his great- 
grandson, Joshua. 

He will be sorely missed by 
his family, numerous friends and 
at the golf course where he spent 
so many happy hours. 

A memorial service was held 
at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, 
April 3, at the Rrst Baptist Church 
of Lake Isabella. Officiating was 
Dr. David Snow, Pastor and Rev. 
Douglas Emest, Howard's son- 
in-law. 



April 17, 1996 



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Anne Lee 
Newland 

Anne Lee Newland, age 92, 
entered into eternal rest on Sat- 
urday evening, April 6, 1996, at 
her home at Pacific Regency 
Care Center in Bakersfieid, Cali- 
fornia, where she had resided 
since October of 1987. 

One of nine children of Jo- 
seph H. and f^Jannie Elizabeth 
Hensley Newland, she was born 
July 10, 1903, at Jackson, Ken- 
tucky. She was baptized, raised, 
lived and died in Christian faith, 
long time member of Maxwell 
Street Presbyterian Church, 
Lexington, Kentucky. 

Miss Newland spent her 
working years as an aide at Good 
Samaritan Hospital in Lexing- 
ton, Kentucky, and in private duty 
home care nursing. Never mar- 
rying, she spent her love on oth- 
ers - children, the needy, and 
the sick. 

She is survived by one brother, 
Charles L. Newland, M.D., age 
95, of Brevard, North Carolina. 
She has nieces, nephews and 
their families in Florida, North 
Carolina, Virginia, Michigan, 
"Georgia, and focalfy, nieces 
Margaret B. Vermillion, M.D., and 
Jean B. Welsh of Weldon, Cali- 
fornia. Her family acknowledges 
a sincere debt of gratitude to the 
wonderful staff at Pacific Re- 
gency who took such very good, 
loving care of her during the final 
eight and one-half years of her 
life. 

Services willl be private and 
interment will be at Evergreen 
Cemetery, Louisville, Kentucky. 
She will be sorely missed by 
family and friends. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Bertram Robert 
Morgan 

Private services at the home, 
officiated by Pastor Jack Dilley, 
were held fol- Bertram Robert 



Morgan, age 92, who passed 
away on April 5, 1996. Bertram 
passed away at home with many 
of his family members at his bed- 
side. Interment was held at 
Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery in 
Bakersfieid. 

Bertram was born to William 
a ntf O len Morgan in West Cardiff 
Wales on July 7, 1 903; moved to 
Canada at the age of nine, then 
to Michigan and Wisconsin. 
While living in Wisconsin, he met 
Laura Ella Parker, and they wre 
mamed on January 28, 1928. 
Laura preceded Bertram in death 
on January 1 8, 1 996. They lived 
in Racine, Wisconsin, where 
three of their six children were 
born; they then moved to 
Kenosha, where theirotherthree 
children were bom. They came 
to California in 1950, were 
Bertram worked as a machinist 
in the aircraft industry. They 
moved to Bodfish in 1969. He 
loved to fish and was a great 
card player. He also loved dice 
games. 

Bertram is survived by five 
sons, Bertram Jr. and wife Judy 
of Fontana, California; Ralph of 
Missouri; Marvin and wife Dianne 
of Bakersfieid; James and wife 
of Grants Pass, Oregon; Michael 
and wife Nancy of Bodfish; and 
daughter' Arvilla Stem of Lake 
Isabella; plus 29 grandchildren, 
22 great-grandchildren and 2 
great-great-grandchildren. 
Bertram will be greatly missed 
by all who knew and loved him. 

Arrangements were entrusted • 
into the care of the BoneweJI 
family. Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home, a Golden Rule Funeral 
Home. 



J. Glenn 
Alexander^ 

Graveside services will be 
held Wednesday, April 1 7, at 1 1 
a.m. in Kem River Valley Cem- 
etery for J. Glenn Alexander, 
age 81 , who passed away April 
1 1 , 1996, in Lake Isabella. Rev- 
erend John Carpenter of the 
Kemville Methodist Church will 
officiate. 

Mr. Alexander, bom Septem- 
ber4, 1 91 4, in San Jose, Califor- 
nia, had resided 63 years in the 
Kemville area where he was a 
well-known cattleman. 

He is survived by his sons, 
Gary Alexander and wife Sha- 
ron, Bill Alexander and wife Jan, 
Jim Alexander and wife Debbie; 
daughters, Susan Ardesch and 
husband f^ene, Pat Alexander; 
step-daughter, Portia Beebeand 
husband Buster; sisters, Marg- 
aret Heringer and husband Bill, 
Alice Hogge and husband 
Claude; grandchildren, Brad 
Alexander and wife Karen, Kelly 
Pennebaker and husband 
Randy, Hattie, Joseph, Kevyn, 
Glenn and Will Alexander, Jen- 
nifer Swassing, Lettie /(rdesch, 
Alison Hamm and husban d Eli, 
Greg Humphrey and wifelCFins; 
great-grandchildren, Benjamin, 
Jacob and Jessica Alexander. 
He was predeceased by his wife, 
Frances Alexander, and his sec- 
ond wife, Helen Alexander. 

In lieu of flowers, the family 
requests memorial donations be 
made to the F.F.A. Booster 
Scholarship Fund, c/o Kem Val- 
ley High School, 3340 Erskine 
Creek Road, Lake Isabella, CA 
93240. No visitation is sched- 
uled. 

Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara 

Funeral Directors. 



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Daisy "Polly" 
Bruce Rollo 

Graveside funeral services 
were held in the Kern River Val- 
ley Cemetery in Wofford Heights 
at 1 1 :00 a.m., April 1 3, 1 996. for 
Daisy "Polly" Bruce Rollo of 
Mountain Mesa. Officiating was 
Pastor Dr. David Snow of the . 
First Baptist Church of Lake Isa- 
bella. Daisy, krwwn as "Polly", 
was bom May 27,1 905, in Battle 
Creek, Michigan, and passed 
away at her home in Mountain 
Mesa on April 3, 1 996. She was 
preceded in death by her hus- 
band of 67 years, Walter Russell 
Rollo, who passed away in Oc- 
tober 1994; sister, Marion Bruce 
Zimmer in 1976; and brother, i 
Frederick Bruce in 1941. 

She grew up in Michigan and 
New York, met Walter while 
working in Elmira, New York. 
They manned in 1927, had two 
children, a son and a daughter 
and moved to California in 1 941 . 
They both were involved in much 
community service work and 
helping others. 

Polly was active in Parent 
Teachers Associations, as 
president, publicity and other as 
vyell as beinga Girl Scout Leader _ 
and Giri'ScoutTJommTssioner in 
Temple City, California, where 
they lived a good portion of their 
lives. While there, she was also 
the first woman to be elected to 
the school board and later to 
become Chairman of the Board. 
As a Red Cross Volunteer, Polly 
was recognized by the Veterans 
Administration for achieving 500 
hours of active service at the 
veterans hospital. Walter and she 
were 25 years active members 
of the Good Sports, those de- 
voted to helping people primarily 
in wheelchairs. They were hon- 
, ored by the Temple City Council 
fo r outsta nding community ser- 



vice. Polly was selected Dy tne 
Council as the Senior Citizen of 
the Year in 1 981 , and later hon- 
ored by the Los Angeles County 
Board of Supervisors in the Older 
American Recognition Day, an 
honor given to those who are still 
actively involved in service to 
others in their community. 

Upon moving to Mountain 
Mesa in 1983, Polly retired from 
active community service, but 
continued to be interested in oth- 
ers, helping wherever sRecould ,~~ 
writing many letters to cheer 
others, enjoying her family, 
grandchildren and great-grand- 
children, playing cards and wnt- 
ing amusing poetry. 

She is survived by a son, 
Bmce Rollo, of Pasadena, Cali- 
. fomia; daughter, Virginia Bur- 
rows, of Mountain Mesa; 
nephew, Gerald Zimmer, Jr., of 
Sun Lakes, Arizona; seven 
grandchildren and ten great- 
grandchildren. Her deep faith 
was evident in her life. She was 
I very much loved and will be 
missed by all. 

Anxingements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. - 



April 17, 1996 



30 




Walter Washburn 

Walter Wilshire Washburn, 
age 73, died peacefully at the 
Kern Valley Hospital on April 6, 
1996. He retired to Kernville 10 
years ago to the home they pur- 
chased five years previously. He 
was born in Los Angeles on Feb- 
ruary 21, 1923. Previous to re- 
tirement he had a plumbing 
contracting business in 
Northridge, California, for 30 
years. He was both a second 

generation native of California 
and plumber. He married June 
when he was 19 after courting 
herfortwo years. They celebrated 
their 53rd anniversary last July. 
Walt became very active lo- 
cally in the Lions Club serving 
two years as President, the 
KIV1AC Model Flying Club, Camp 
Owen volunteer (with two other 
Lions) teaching the boys to build 
and fly model airplanes, ran the 
Lions Bingo for three years and 
was a member of the Airport As- 
sociation. He was very patriotic 
and proud to have served in the 
Army Engineers in World War II 
participating in the D-Day Land- 
ings. 



Walt's proudest achievements 
were his daughter Cheryl Goldie 
of Union City, his son Lonie 
Washburn (a third generation 
Californian and plumber) of 
Canoga Parl<; granddaughter 
l^oirs Goldie (currently graduat- 
ing from the University of 
Redlands). He left daughter-in- 
law Suzanne Washburn; and 
sisters Kay Canzoneri and 
Bonnie Barker. 

Burial was April 12, 1996, at 
the Kern Valley Cemetery. The 
family requests any donations to 
the Kern Valley Hospital Foun- 
dation, P.O. Box 1628, Lake Isa- 
bella. 

Funeral arrangements pro- 
vided by Valley Mortuary. 



Mary Surprenant 

Services were held for Mary 
Surprenant, age 82, on April 1 1 
1996, in Lodi, California. Born in 
Massachusetts, she passed 
away on April 8, 1996, in Lodi. 
Mary lived in Wofford Heights 
for six years. She was a member 
of the St. Jude Altar Society. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of 56 years, Albert; son 
Jerry, owner of Jerry's RV; son 
Gene, who lives in Lodi; son 
Edward, also of Lodi; daughter 
Denise, of Riverside, California- 
seven grandchildren. 




Ruby Irene 
Herring 



Graveside services for Ruby 
Irene Hemng, age 82, of Weldon 
wete hekj-on Satuida y , Ap ril 1 3, 
1996, at 9:00 a.m. in the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery, Wofford 
Heights. Officiating was Pastor 
Robbie Robinson of the Weldon 
Baptist Church. 

A 25-year Kern River Valley 
resident, Mrs. Herring was born 
to William and Martha Rexroat in 
Aline, Oklahoma on July 20, 1 91 3 
and passed from this life on April 
11,1996. 

Ruby was preceded in death 
by her husband, Herbert L Her- 
ring in 1986. She is survived by 
her sons James of Weldon and 
Clarence of Nebraska; grand- 
sons James of Dustin Acres; and 
Kenny, Ronnie and Craig, all of 
Nebraska; granddaughter 
Debbie of Adelanto, California; 
and many great-grandchildren 
and great-great-grandchildren. 

"We love you. Grandma. 
Thank God for blessing us with 
such a beautiful person and thank 
you Grandma for all the precious 
memories. You will be deeply 
missed. Love, Your family." 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 



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Gordon V. "Bud" 
Moxon 

Gordon "Bud" Moxon was 
born on November 1 6, 1 932, in 
Hawthorne, California, the first 
son born to Marion and Santford 
Moxon. Bud was aiwaysa^oving 
and respectful son. Bud gradu- 
ated in 1951 from Gardena High 
School where he participated in 
football and basketball, and in 
recent years he became active 
in the alumni association. He 
looked forward to and took great 
pleasure in assisting in the plan- 
ning of class reunions. After 
serving his country in the United 
States Army, Bud worked in the 
aerospace industry until his re- 
tirement in 1 988, at which time 
he and his wife Donna moved to 
Bodfish. 

Bud loved to fish and enjoyed 
working with the fish habitat pro- 
gram and helping out in the an- 
nual fishing derby here at Lake 
Isabella. He especially enjoyed 
helping with the children's fish- 
ing derby. Bud loved nature and 
all of its animals. He woul(f 
out of his way to protect or csni^ 
for any injured animal. 

He worked for the Forest Ser- 
vice in the Senior Community 
Service Employment Program 
and was an active member of 
the Kern County Sheriff's 
Department's "Citizen Service 
Unit." Bud enjoyed working for 
the Sheriff's Dep artment a nd 
serving the community that Tie 
loved so well. He set an example 
for other members to follow. 

In addition to his wife Donna, 
Bud leaves his mother Marion 
Brown and her husband 
Clarence of Weldon; his five chil- 
dren, son David Moxon of Milner, 
Georgia; daughter Laura Trice, 
also of Milner; son Danny Moxon 
of Yatesville, Georgia; daughter 
Loma Stroup of Lewisport, Ken- 
tucky; and son Chris Moxon of 
Bodfish; sisters Pat Burns of 
Hawthorne, California and 
Norma King of Cerritos, Califor- 
nia; and brother Ron Moxon of 
Pahrump, Nevada. Bud is also 
survived by ten wonderful 
grandchildren and two great- 
grandchildren of whom he was 
very proud. 



All who knew Bud will remem- 
ber his great sense of humor and 
how he loved to tell jokes. He will 
be greatly missed by all who 



knew and toved him including 

his beloved dogs, Daisy Mae, 

Sooner, and Spanky. 

'May you be rewarded in 

heaven for your kindness on 

earth. We love you." 

Arrangements entrusted to 
JLake Isabella Funeral Home, the 
^flonewel! family. Golden Rule 

runeral Directors. 



Ruth Louise * ' 
Martin 

Memorial services were held 
for Ruth L. Martin on Tuesday, 
April 9, 1996, at the Highland 
Chapel United Methodist 
Church. Ruth was born on Au- 
gust 7, 1917, in Muskogee, 
Oklahoma, to Mary and Eari 
Crowder. Ruth married Lynn 
Martin in Redondo Beach, Cali- 
fornia, on May 1 7, 1 938. 

_They livedjn Redondo Beach 
unfiti 375>f»fierf Lynn retireda^ 
they moved to the Kem River 
Valley. 

Ruth was an active member 
of the Highland Chapel until they 
moved to Park City, Utah, a few 
years ago. She died in Salt Lake 
City on April 3, 1996. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of more than 57 years, 
Lynn Martin; their children, Steve 
and wife Dian Martin; Randy 
Martin; Linda and husband Ernie 
Stone; and one grandchild. Bill 
Stone. All live in Park City, Utah. 
Ruth is also survived by her many 
friends. 



Olga Paul Swift 

Olga Swift, age 84, passed 
away on April 10, 1996, in San 
Joaquin Hospital in Bakersfield. 
Services were at 2:00 p.m. Fri- 
day, April 12, 1996, at the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home Rose 
Chapel with Pastor Jack Dilley of 
the Johnsondale Bible Church 
officiating. 

She was bom to John and 
Deice Paul in Norfolk, Virginia. 
Olga served as a Corporal in the 
Women's Army Air Corps during 

Worid War II. She met Cter Swift 
in PortsnxHJth, Virginia, and they 
were married on August 21, 
1953, by a Navy Ghaplain. 

Olga and her son travelea ev- 
erywhere the Navy sent Clair. 
His last hitch of duty was in Long 
Beach, Califomia, and he was 
discharged in San Francisco. 
She and Clair moved to 
Ridgecrest in 1960 where she 
worked at the China Lake Naval 
Weapons Center. They moved 
to Lake Isabella in 1969. 

Her hobbies consisted of gar- 
dening and she loved traveling. 
She also loved to study geneal- 
ogy and she was a member of 
the Clan Diggers, Eastern Star 
and Mended Hearts. The apple 
of her eye was her only grand- 
son, David. 

Olga is survived by her hus- 
band Clair of Mt. Mesa; one son 
Paul, of Denver, Colorado; and 
her grandson, David. She will be 

greatly missed by all whom she 
knew and helped. Her family will 
always love and remember her. 
Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home, a Golden Rule Funeral 
Home. 



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EdnaAllman 

Graveside services were held 
at Green Hills Memorial Park, 
Rancho Palos Verdes, at 2 p.m. 
on April 22, 1 996 for Edna Allman, 
age 82. Personal eulogies were 
said. Possible services to be 
scheduled at a later date. 

Edna was bom on June 24, 
1914, in Lomita, Califomia, and 
passed away on April 14, 1996. A 
retired nurses' aide, she had been 
a resident of Weldon for 1 9 years. 
She was a member of the Eagles, 
Grandmother's Club, and 
Women's Club for years. 

She is survived by her children 
Earl J. Allman of f^lorida; Doris 
Strom of Huntington Beach; Roy , 
Allman of San Diego and Daniel 
Allman of Weldon. Also surviving 
Edna are three grandchildren; 
seven great-grandchildren; 
brothers Elmer and Floyd Higgs. 
She was a loved friend to many in 
the valley and bedside nurse to 
several dying patients in Weldon 
and Southlake areas. 

Arrangements by Green Hills 
f\/1emorial Park. 

Ralph Francis 
Obert 

A mass for Christian burial was 
held on Thursday, April 18, 1996, 
at 10:00 a.m. at St. Jude's Catho- 
lic Church for Ralph Francis Obert. 
Officiating was Father Charles 
Casale. Interment followed at Kem 



River Valley Cemetery. Mr. Obert 
was bom on January 1 1 , 1909 in 
St. Louis, Missouri, and passed 
away April 14, 1996, in Bakers- 
field, Califomia. 

Mr. Obert worked for the Pa- 
cific Telephone for 40 years be- 
fore retiring and moving to the 
Kem River Valley on January 1 , 
1970. He was a member of the 
Knights of Columbus, St. Jude's 
Pansh, the WHIGs. 55+ Club and 
the Rod and Gun Club. 

He is survived by his wife of 54 
years Marion and good friend Jack 
Hays of Wofford Heights; and 
many cousins, nieces, nephews 
and grandnieces and nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Frederick Thomas 
Lees 

Frederick Thomas Lees, bom 
in Newark, Ohio on January 10, 
1906, passed away on April 19, 
1996, in Bakersfield, Califomia. 
He was one of ten children born to 
William A. and Grace Dorsey Lees. 

Sun/ivors include his wife Clara; 
sister Grace Kissack and husband 
Bill; sister Helen Pierce and hus- 
band Jack; sister Mary Sutton and 
brother Walter Lees. 

Prior to coming to the valley, 
Fred was part owner of L & L 
Oldsmobile in the San Fernando 
Valley. He waspagt Cotomander 
of the American Legion Post 735 
and held life membership. He was 
a member of Al Malaikah Temple 
and of the Kern River Valley 
Chapter of the Eastern Star #643. 
Fred held an honorable discharge 
from the Army of the United States. 

He will be remembered for his 
jolly spirit, his keenness of mind, 
his interest in contemporary af- 
fairs and his youthfulness at the 
age of 90. 

A memorial service will be held 
at the Masonic Temple at 1 1 :00 
a.m. on April 25, 1 996. In lieu of 
flowers, donations may be made 
to the Kem Valley Hospital Foun- 
dation or the Shriner's Crippled 
Children's Hospital. 

Arreingements made by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Deb Carson 
Thomas 

A memorial service will be held 
at the Kem River on Saturday, 
April 27, 1996, for Deb Carson 
Thomas. Please contact Fern 
Leighton at 379-4444 for informa- 
tion. 

Deb was bom in Holden, Mas- 
sachusetts on July 2, 1962. She 
came to the Kem River in 1 986 to 
become a riverguide. She discov- 
ered something incredible there 
that she was able to share with 
many people. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Mark; son, Alexander; fa- 
ther, David; mother, Evangela; and 
her brother, David Jr. 

Deb just had a beam about her 
- more than her beaming smile, 
which was perpetual, it was a 
feeling you got from her - you got 
swept up in her beam - you be- 
came more energized, creative, 
child-like, caring, playful, smiling, 
joyful for it. It was like a contagious 
joy, like sitting in a warm sun- 
beam, like being able to live in one 
of her drawings - "Star of the Day! 
Who will it be?" she would sing - 
and though she said it was you, 
we all knew Deb was the real Star 
of the Day. She brought out the 
best in us ail. Deb was always 
beaming so. 

Her wishes were that her friends 
gather at the Kem, where she 
shared so much wonder and 
laughter with all of us. She knew 
the power and magic of the river 
and of the loving friendships it 
fosters. "Yes, we are the lucky 
ones!" she always said. 

Her spirit will always be alive in 
the cherished and tme works of 
art she left. Her spirit will forever 
flow within each of us who knew 
her. Her spirit will live on in her 
beautiful son, Alexander. 

Because of you, Deb, we are 
the lucky ones! We love you very, 
very, very much. 



Wednesday, April 24, 1996 



33 



Larry Lee Lindell 

Larry Lee Lindell, "Big Sweety", 
age 59, passed away on April 12, 
1996, at the Veterans Hospital in 
LosAngeles, California. Larry was 
born ia Rock island, Illinois on 
August 4, 1936 to Warren and 
Grace Lindell. He served in the 
U.S. Army and upon discharge in 
1 956, moved to California, settling 
in the Gardena area. 

He and Linda Ann Sluti were 
married on August 4, 1979, in 
Redondo Beach, Califomia, and 
they owned and ran a trucking 
business prior to moving to the 
Kern River Valley in 1981. In 1991, 
they opened the very popular R- 
Haven Restaurant in Bodfish. 
Larry was also employed for 15 
years as a group counselor at 
Camp lr^fvin Owen. He was a 
member of the (vioose and loved 
to camp and fish. 

Besides his wife, Linda, Larry 
leaves his mother Grace Turner, 
of Texas; daughters Debra 
Alvarez, Susan Gunthrie, Linda 
Steakin, Jeri Rae Binder, all of 
Illinois; sons Terry Lee Lindell of 
Van Nuys, California; and (Michael 
Stevenson of Lake Isabella. Also 
■ surviving Larry are 1 1 grandchil- 
dren, one great-grandchild; broth- 
ers Bill of Wisconsin and Dan of 
Illinois; and sisters Lois Coleman 
and Bonnie Ewing, both of Illinois. 
Larry will be greatly missed by 
his family, friends, fellow employ- 
ees, customers and all whose lives 
he touched. As he wished, a wake 
was held at the restaurant on 
Monday. April 15, 1996. 

Arrangements made by the 
Bonewell family. Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Director. 

Richard "Dick" 
W. Flatt 

Richard "Dick" W. Flatt was 
bom to Fredrick and Selma C. 
Rati on April 2. 1918, in Driscol 
Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada. He 
passed away on April 9.J996jjt 



the Veterans Administration 
Medical Center Facility in Los 
Angeles, Califomia. He had been 
ill for several years. In addition to 
eye problems, he suffered from 
Diabetes, Parkinson's Disease 
and heart problems. As he had 
troublecommunicating he seemed 
to withdraw from his friends and 

family. , ,_ 

Dick learned to speak French 
at an early age in Sunday School 
and public school as that was the 
native language. He was an avid 
reader, loved poetry and recited it 
often throughout his life. After 
school, he went to work on a large 
sheep ranch in Montana and after 
a couple of years he grew tired of 
the cold weather. He caught a 
freight to visit the relatives that 
had bragged about the sunny 
California. With their help he got a 
job in a grocery warehouse. 

Soon after being here, there 
was talk around about a war and 
the men his age were joining the 
military service. One visit to the 
Navy recruiter, he was signed up 
and reported to duty October 1 1 , 
1939 for a six-year hitch, and 
served until October 16, 1945. 
Except for special training in later 
years, he served on the USS 
Phoenix and a few months on the 
Asiatic Pacific Area duty he served 
on the USS Leary. He enjoyed 
seeing the world, survived the 
Pearl Harbor attack and many 
other battles without a scratch. 
The saddest day for him was when 
he learned his brother, another 
Pearl Harbor sun/ivor, was killed 
in the same battle that he was in 
and very close to his ship. 

After returning to his home, he 
went to work at Certified Grocers 
in Los Angeles. He retired Febru- 
ary 1 1976, 31 years of sen/ice 
-and 26-yeafs a^aistee for Local 
#630. He also was a member of 
the Quarter Century Club, a mem- 
ber of the baseball team and 
bowling team. He was a refrigera- 
tion maintenance person. 

He always kept busy at an early 
age He would ice skate in the 



wintertime and played baseball in 
the summer. His later hobbies 
were fishing by day and dancing 
anytime there was good music. 
He was often called "Twinkle 

Toes." 

Soon after his retirement he 
found another job, Club Manager 
starting at the American Legion 
Post #645 in Bell Gardens, then 
later here at this Eagles Lodge for 
about 10 years. 

He was a member of the Team- 
sters Retirees in Bakersfield, life 
member at Eagle Lodge #3156, 
Moose Lodge #1297, Pearl Har- 
bor Survivors Chap. #1 9. Veterans 
of Foreign Wars Post #7665, Kern 
River Valley, American Legion 
Post #711. 

Preceding him in death were 
his parents, brother Garfield and 
stepson Donald Parkey. Survivors 
include his wife Dannie; brother 
Harland and wife Brenda; nephew, 
Kimm and wife, Sarah Flatt; uncle 
Emil Evenson of Lake Elsinore, 
Califomia; uncle Marvin Evenson 
of New Eftington, South Dakota; 
uncle Amie Evenson of Portland. 
Oregon; aunt Avenal Orasa of 
Hemet, Califomia; aunt Ruth Holm 
of Sissiton. South Dakota; aunt 
Minn Anderson of Hanksinson, 
South Dakota; cousins Tommie 
Gettel of Fresno, California; Dr. 
Marilyn Evenson of Ventura, 
Califomia and several others. 

Services were held on April 1 3, 
1996. at the Allen-English and 
Estrada Funeral Chapel with 
Reverend Jack Showers officiat- 
ing Another sen/ice was held on 
April 1 8, 1 996, at the Eagles Lodge 
#31 56. Participating in the services 
were American Legion #711, DVA 
#54, Pearl Harbor Survivors #19 
and the VFW #7665. 

His ashes are to be placed at 
sea by the United States Navy. 



Wednesday, May 1. 1996 



34 



Deb Carson 
Thomas 

A memorial service was held at 
the Kemville Chamber of Com- 
merce on Saturday, April 27, 1 996, 
for Deb Carson Thomas. 

Deb was bom in Holden, Mas- 
sachusetts on July 2. 1962. She 
came to the Kem River in 1 986 to 
tjecome a river rafting guide. She 
discovered something incredible 
there that she was able to share 
with many people. 

She leaves her husband, Mark 
William Thomas; and 8-month- 
old son, Alexander Carson Tho- 
mas, of Santa Cruz, Califomia; 
her parents, Dave and Evangela 
(Ward) Carson of Holden, Mas- 
sachusetts; her brother's family, 
David, Jean Marie, Derek and 
Zachary Carson of Auburn, Mas- 
sachusetts; in addition to family 
and friends from all over the U.S. 
and many other countries. 

Deb graduated from Wachusett 
High School and the University of 
Massachusetts, in Amherst, 

Massachusetts. She became an 
artist and developed a design and 
printing business called "Full Moon 
Enterprises." She and her hus- 
band were married on the Kem 
River under a full moon. Each full 
moon that followed, the two cel- 
ebrated as "honeymoons." 

Deb just had a beam about her 
- more than her beaming smile, 
which was perpetual, it was a feel- 
ing you got from her - you got 
swept up in her beam - you be- 
came more energized, creative, 
child-like, caring, playful, smiling, 
joyful for it. It was like a contagious 
joy, like sitting in a warm sun- 
beam, like being able to live in one 
of her drawings - "Star of the Day! 
Who will it be?" she would sing - 



ana though she said it was you, 
we all knew Deb was the real Star 
of the Day. She brought out the 
best in us all. Deb was always 
beaming so. 

Her wishes were that her friends 
gather at the Kem, where she 
shared so much wonder and 
laughter with all of us. She knew 
the power and magic of the river 
and of the loving friendships it 
fosters. "Yes, we are the lucky 
ones!" she always said. 

Her spirit will always t>e alive in 
the cherished and true wori<s of 
art she left. Her spirit will forever - 
flow within each of us who knew 
her. Her spirit will live on in her 
beautiful son, Alexander. 

Because of you. Deb, we are 
the lucky ones! We love you very, 
very, very much. 

In lieu of flowers, contributions 
may be made to the Alexander 
Carson Thomas Education Fund, 
c/o Doug Ardley, 220 Danwin St. 
#B, Santa Cruz, Califomia 95062. 



Wesley C. Morris 

Funeral services were held 
Tuesday, April 23, 1996, at 1 1 :00 
a.m. at the Elks Lodge for Wesley 
C. Morris. Officiating was the of- 
ficers of the Elks. Interment fol- 
lowed at Kern River Valley Cem- 
etery. 

Mr. Morris was born May 22, 
1920, in St. Lewis, Missouri, and 
passed away April 1 8, 1 996, in Mt. 
Mesa, California. He has been a 
resident of the Kem River Valley 
for 18 years. He retired from the 
City of Burbank after 36 years and 
he loved to garden and had planted 
many beautiful roses. He was a 
member of the Elks Lodge and 
past trustee and Elk of the Year in 
1 983. "He was the greatest Dad." 
He is sun/ived by his wife of 49 
years, Waver Morris of Wofford 
Heights; and his daughters and 
their husbands, Waver and Bert 
Hamrick of Georgia; DiAnna and 
Bill Hawkins of Big Bear, Califor- 
nia; six grandchildren and four 
great-grandchildren and his 
brother Cari Morris of Sunland, 
Califomia. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



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Anna Margaret 
Jones 

Anna Jones, age 94, was bom 
on September 18, 1901, in 
Wakefield, Nebraska, to Heinrich 
and Eiise Hattij. She attended 
grammar school in Wakefield, then 
moved to Lancaster, Califomia, 
where she attended high school. 
Anna lived in Lancaster until 1 992 
at which time she moved to 
Bakersfield and lived in the Golden 
State Convalescent Home until 



her death on April 20, 1996. 

Memorial services were held 
Wednesday, April 24, 1996, at 
11:00 a.m. at the Oddfellows 
Lodge, 425 30th St. in Bakers- 
field. Private burial will follow in 
Lancaster. 

While in Lancaster, she met 
and married Cecil Jones, who 
preceded her in death. Cecil 
worked for Southern California 
Edison in Lancaster. He also 
worked for J.W. Black at his black- 
smith shop in Lancaster on a part- 
time basis. 

Anna worked as a waitress at 
the then famous Harvey House 
Restaurant in Lancaster's eariier 
days. She and Cecil often spoke 
of the 20 mule team that used to 
go through Lancaster. Often Cecil 
spoke of the 2600 people who 
lived in the Antlope Valley area in 
1908. 

It was very well known that 
Anna made the best wedding 
cakes in the Antelope Valley. Dur- 
ing World War II when gas, butter 
and sugar were rationed, Anna 
had people bring the butter and 
sugar for the cakes, using their 
own gas to pick them up. Anna 
was very active in the Oddfellows 
Lodge. She was a member of the 
Lancaster Rebekah Lodae #196 
for 74 years. She was also Past 
District Matriarch, Past District 
Deputy President, Past Advisor of 
Theta Rho Giris Club. On one 



occasion in lybO, when her son, 
Charles, was taking several youths 
to Denver, Coloradojo the JunioL 
Theta Rho Convention, he was 
short a car so he called Anna to 
ask if they could borrow her car for 
the trip. In a matter of minutes she 
was packed and ready and drove 
her car to the Denver convention. 
Anna was the first Color Bearer of 
the Rebekah Assembly of Cali- 
fomia in 1947-48. 

Anna is survived by her two 
sons and theirwives, Charies and 
Marian Jones of Weldon, Califor- 
nia; and Robert C.L. Jones and 
Shiriey of Eugene, Oregon; one 
sister, Stena Frasch of Bonesteel, 
South Dakota; two brothers Bob 
Hattij of Fredrk:kburg, Iowa; and 
Henry Hattij, of Bonesteel, South 
Dakota; seven grandchildren; 13 
great-grandchildren, as well as a 
great host of those who knew and 
loved her. 

In lieu of flowers, please send 
donations to the Kemville Rebekah 
Lodge for the Childrens' Home in 
Gilroy, Califom ia, in m emory of^ 

Anna Jones, P.O. Box 595, 
Kemville, Califomia, 93238. 

Sen/ices were entrusted to the 
care of the Bonewell Family Fu- 
neral Home of Lake Isabella, a 
Golden Rule Funeral Home. 



William L 
Sunderland 

Services will be held at 1 1 :00 
a.m. on May 4, 1996, at the Elks 
Lodge for William L. Sunderiand, 
age 71 . He was bom on February 
19, 1'925, in Akron, Ohio, and 
- pass e d awa y oni^priK?, 1996, at 
Eisenhower Memorial Hospital in 
Indio. 

A Wortd War 1 1 veteran, William 
sen/ed in the U.S. Navy from 1 943 
to 1 946 in Pacific Theater. He was 
later employed by the Santa Fe 
Railroad where he was Supervi- 
sors of Operations. He has lived in 
the Weldon area since 1970. 

He was a life member of the 
Kern Valley Elks, associate 
member of the Indio Elks, a life 
member of the VFW, a member of 
the Eagles, American Legion and 
the Moose. 

William is survived by his wife 
of 43 years. Marvel, of Weldon; 
sons Craig and Gary Sunderland, 
both of Weldon; and sister June 
Slater of Akron, Ohio. 

In lieu of flowers, please send 
donations to the City of Hope, Elks 
Foundation or Heart Association. 



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Gertrude V. Carrick 

Private family services have 
been held for Gertrude V. Carrick, 
89, of Wofford Heights. A 17-year 
Kem Valley resident, f^rs. Carrick 
was borri on November 28. 1 906. 
in Vinita, Oklahoma, and passed 
from this life on April 25, 1996 at 
her home. 

She had worthed as a real es- 
tate agent for several years. Since 
moving to the valley, sfie and her 
husband had enjoyed fishing in 
the lake and river. 

In addition to her husband, 
Gordon Carrick, of Wofford 
Heights, she is sunrived by tier 
daughters. Betty Jane Bunoski of 
Sutter Creek and Shiriey Ann 
Benton of Glendale; one grand- 
child; one great-grandchild; one 
brother and three sisters. She was 
loved and will be greatly missed 
by an wtio were fortunate to have 
kiiown her. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 



Teralee "Terri" 
Pace 

Services were held in 
Greenlawn Memorial Chapel in 
Bakersfield on Friday, May 3, 
1996, for Te rri Pace, a ge 57 wh o 
passed away on April z\i \r 
Bakersfield. Terri was bom or 
August 22, 1938 in Bellflower, 
Cairfomia, and resided in Kem 
County ten years. She was a- 
fcxmer reskJent of Kemville, where 
she was employed at the Kem 
Valley Sun. She was emptoyed as 
a bilng cleri< in the home health 
cars business for four years, last 
empk)yed at Med-MarL 

Terri is survived by her sons, 
Kelly, Michael and Andrew; 
daughters. Shannon and Dianne; 
step-sons, Alan and Kent; and ten 
grandchikJren. 

Arrangements by Greenlawn 
Mortuary Fune ral Directors. 



Roy Fay Jones 

Private arrangements were 
made for Roy Fay Jones who was 
bom in Unkxi City, Pennsylvania 
on May 13, 1928, and passed 
away in Mt. Mesa, Caiifomia, on 
May 1,1996. 

He was a resident of the Kem 

River VaHey fortfie past 22 years. 

He sen/ed in the Air Fofce during 

Worid War II from 1941 to 1950. 

Roy is survived by his wife. 

Dorothy chUren Robert, Thomas, 

Delta, Tina and DeWttt, an resid- 

..ing in Caiifomia; LeeHn ColoradD; 

:«ght^randBhifl6i»K 2 brothers, 

Richard and Ralph, of CaHbrnta; 

four sisters, Patricia, Loralee, 

Unda and Saiy and many relatives 

and friends in Pennsylvania. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 

Do not stand at my grave and 
weep 
I am rxx there, i do not sleep. 
I am a thousiand winds ttiat 
btow; 

I am the diamond glints on 
snow. 

1 am the sunlight on ripened 
grain; 
I am the gentle autumn's rain. 
When you awaken in the 
momirig's hush, 

1 am thei swift uplifting rush 
Of quiet birds in circled KglhU. 
1 am the soft star that shines at 
night. 

Do not stand at my grave and 
cry. 

'I am not there; 1 dkJ not die.' 
Autfwr Unknown 
My toving father 



Maureen C. Carver 

Memorial senrices will be hekJ 
at a later date for Maureen 
Catherine Carver, 65, of Lake 
Isabella. Maureen was bom Feb- 
ruaiy 25, 1931 in Minneapolis, 
Minnesota and passed away on 
May 3, 1996, in Lake Isabella. 

She was a homemaker and 
during her six years in the valley 
sfie had tiecome involved with the 
quilting club, the Friends of the 
Library and the Kem River Valley 
Histoncal Society. She spent most 
of her adult life as a homemaker 
and raised eioht chikJren. She and 
her husband, Gerald E. "Jeny" 
Carver, would have celebrated 
their 44th anniversary in July. 

In addition to her husband, 
Marueen leaves two daughters, 
Kathleen Mary Or/ of B Segundo, 
and Nora Ann Rouqe of 
Hawthorne: six sons, Kevin 



Michael Can/er of San Diego, 
Matthew Mark Carver of 
Hawthome. Sean William Can/er 
of Long Beach, Timothy Patrick 
Carver of Long Beach, James 
Joseph Carver of Newport Beach 
and David Francis Carver of 
Hawthome; 18 grandchiWren; a 
brother. Michael M. Tiemey of St. 
Paul, Minnesota and a sister, Molly 
LaChapelle of Maryland. 

Anangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 



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37 



Franklin "Frank" 
Conrad 

Services were held on Friday, 
May3, 1996,at11 a.m.attheFour 
Square Church in Wofford Hewhte 
for FrankJin "Frank" Ckxirad. Offi- 
ciating was Pastor Brian Poteton. 

Frank passed away at his home 
on May 1, 1996, at the age of 81 
years young. i 

He was bom one of six chtWren 
to Barton and Ettie Conrad on 
April 1 4. 1 91 5, in Pasley. Oregon. 

The family moved to California 
in 1916andin 1938FrankmarTied 
OJga Williams, his wife of 57 yeras. 
They had two daughters. June 

and Carol. ., ^. 

He is survived l)y his wife, Olga 

Conrad, of Kemville; daughter 
June Conrad of Wofford Heights; 
daughter and son-in-lawCaraand 
Ronnie Crowder of Kemville; four 
grandsons aod their farcilies BiH 
Hunt and wBe Lynn of Kemville; 
Clint Hunt and wife Usa of San 
Jose, Calrfomia; Ronnie Crowder. 
Jr. and wife Sammi of Oklahoma; 
Robbie Hunt and wife Jennifer of 
BakersfieW. California; threegreat- 
grandsons; seven great-grand- 
daughters; sister Mae Chandler 
of Grass Valley, California; and 
brother Fred Conrad of Ceres, 
California. _ ,^ _^ . 

A few days before Frank's 81 st 
birthday, he began his new life as 
a bom again Christian enjoying 
his new Christian work with hte 
family and his new Christian family 
at Wofford Heights Four Square 
Church. On May 1st, he quietly 
entired into his etemal life with his 
new found Savior. Jesus. 

There was a luncheon in the 
gym at the church foltowing the 
graveskle service. 

Arrangemerits by Valley Mor- 
tuary. LaTce Isabella. 



Lorraine Luverna 
Inskeep 

Lorraine, 76, was born in 
Wlntersett, Iowa, on July 6. 1 91 9. 
to Frank and Mary Cooper. She 
entered into etemal rest on April 
30, 1996. She left Iowa in 1940 
and came to Hollywood, Calrfomia 
and continued to live in the 
Southern Qalifornia cities of 
Burbank, Glendale and San Ber- 
nardino before moving to the lake 
in 1974. While living in Glendale. 
she met William "Sarge" Inskeep 
and tliey were married in Santa 
Barbara on December 31 . 1958. 
She toved her garden, espe- 
cially the roses, and was very 
active with outskje work. In fact, if 
you couWnl find Lorraine woridng 
HI her garden, you just might find 
her on the roof, sweeping leaves. 
She also adored her chiWren and 
grandchiWren. 

Lorraine had a special tove for 
the Lord and she sen/ed him with 
all her heart. She was faithful to 
her church, the Lake Isabella 
Seventh Day Adventist Church. 

In addition to her husband. 
Sarge. Lorraine leaves children 
Frank Webb of Valenda. Califor- 
nia; Joyce Sites of Sandy. Oregor^f 
hot faifwfTnteyofWoffoid H«^; 
Jean Ann West df Columbus. Oho; 
and William Inskeep. Jr., of l^ 
Vegas. Nevada; sisters Louise 
Bowstead of Cottage Grove. Or- 
egon;and Francis Butters of Sioex 
CitY Iowa; plus 19 grandchildren, 
13 great-grandchildren and two 
great-great grandchiWren. 

Arrangements made by tne 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home, trie 
Boneweil family, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Director, 



Kenneth D. 
Ruggles "Papo" 

Kenneth Denzel Ruggles. 81 . 
passed away on April 25i 1 996, at 
Antelope Valley Hospital after a . 
1ofiig1)atfle with heart disease. He 
vwwbom Junes, 1914in Augusta, 
Kansas, and received his educa- 
tkxi there. ' . ^ 

He entered the U.S. Amiy and 
upon discharge in 1946 returned 
to Augusta where he manied his 
first vwfe Phyllis in 1 936 and they 
moved to Califomia in 1 956 where 
he was transferred by his em- 
ployer, Mobil on, for whom he 
worked 43 years, before retiring. 
In 1982, he moved to the Kem 
River Valley and in 1986 married 
Lulu Kennedy. Lulu preceded him 
in death in. 1995. 

Kenneth was a member of the 
Elks, American Legion and the 
Eagles. He toved to garden and 
his great joy was his great- 
grandson, Jeremy. 

In addition to Jeremy, Kenneth 

is sunrtved by his daughter, Sandi 
MoWenhauer of Hesperia; grand- 
son Cory Moldenhauer of 
Oceanside; granddaughter 
Tammy Birch and husband John 
of Lancaster; granddaughter 
Jamie Chavez and husband John 
of Wilsonville, Oregon; brother 
DonaW of Augusta, Kansas; and 
sister Doris of Lincoln. Nebraska. 

Kenneth was laid to rest on 
Apm 29. 1996, at the Kem River 
Valley Cemetery where a 
graveskle sennce was heW with 
Rev. Rfchard Lewis, Pastor of 
Kemville Rrst Baptist Church in 
Kemville. He will be greatly missed 
by his many friends and family. 

Arrangements were made by 
the Lake Isabella Funeral Home, 
the Boneweil family, a GoWen Rule 

Funeral Director. 



Mabel "Mickey" 
Rorence Sandlfur 

Mabel Frorence Sandifur 

Jf^ff' 29? ^' was bom on 
May 15 1969. in Wells County. 
North Dakota, to Philip and 
Oirislina Tufp where she received 
her schooling and spent her 
younger yeare. 

She moved toGlendale In 1936 
wrthheryoungchHdrenandtjegan 
a now lifB there. She then moved 
to North Hollywood, where she 
worked at Radibun's Department 
Store. White working there she 
oecame acquainted with a 
gentleman who owned a business 
across the street from her work. 
She recognized Wm as a man 
who often had coffee in the res- 
teurantin Glendate wheresheaJso 
nad coffee. They began dating 
and had a nice comfortabte rete- 
nonship until another lady began 
to eye Wm and she deckled ttwy 
shouW many. They were manied 
onJune28, 1958 with fewerfriends 
man expected because the wed- 
cfina invitations read "Cecil and 
Mabel and some of their friends 
did not know who they were. 

Soon after their maniage. thev 
purchased and developed prop- 
erty in Havilah. then moved to Se 
Kern River Valley in the 1960*s. 
Sandy was the k)ve of Mk:ke/s 
Bre and she devoted the years 
after their marriage to being a 
nomemaker andwfle. She wasan 
accellent cook and had a flair for 
decorating their tovely home. She 
took great pleasure In always 
tooWng her very best for herself 

and atf of those whom she toved 
andwhotovedher. 

In addHfon to her tovlna hus- 
band, Sandy, Mickey is sunrtved 
by daughters Lorraine Sartoris and 
Donna Goagee, of l.ake Isabella; 
Joanne Sandifer of Rathdrum, 
Waho; son Tom Sandifer of Tor- 
rance; a sister Lillian Jamison of 
Lake Isabefla; 15 grandchildren 
and six great-grandchildren. 

Sendees were held on May 2 
1996, at Rose Chapel with Pastor 
John Carpenter of United Meth- 
odist Church in Kemville. officiat- 
mg. Intemient at Kem Valley 
Cemetery was private. 

Arrangements made by Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home, the 
BoneweH family, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Director. 



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Margaret "Peggy" 
Marie Vermeer 

Memorial services were held 
for Margaret "Pegoy" Marie 
Vermeeron Sunday, May 5, 1996, 
at Highland Chapel United Meth- 
odist Church. Pastor Royd R. 
Castillo officiated. The service was 
followed by a meal at the Moose 
. Lodge. 

Peggy was bom April 30, 1920 
in Hedding, Pennsylvania, to Mary 
Hummel and Fred Otstot Sfie 
senred our country during Worid 
WaMfift a 1st Ueutangnt in the 
:ArmyAir03qiii^K>m 194316 ig<&; 
She moved tfi^Galifomia in 1^ 
to North Hollywood, where she 
met and manied Warren "Bud" 
Howard Vermeer. Their marriage 
took place in Yuma, Arizona on 
Febaiary 16, 1952. 

She and Bud moved from 
Reseda, California, to the Kem 
River Valley in January 1985 
where tfiey set up their home in 
Squinel Valley. She felt that this 
was the best place in the worid. 
She knew that she had found ttie 
perfect place and told all her 
friends! She loved to woric in her 
yard and grew ffowers of all kinds 
and cotors. Peggy was an excel- 
lent seamstress, creating cfothing 
for all of her family. She loved to 
dance and was very good at it 
Peggy was a garage sale fanatk: 
where she always ntet a lot of new 
friends. She belonged to the VFW 
Auxjliary, Ladies of the BJkt. La- 



dies of tfie Moose, Eagte Ladies 
Auxiliary, American Legion. White 
Shrine, Women's Auxiliary Army 
Corps Chapter #10. 

Peggy is sunrived by Bud, her 
husband of more tfian 44 years; 
ttieir son, Michael Vemieer of Los 
Angeles; dauohters Linda LaBlue 
of Lake Isabella, Marijane Downey 
of Sim! Valley, and Sandy 
Kemeghan of Pfacenrille. She is 
also survived by two brothers, 
HaroW and Fred Otstot. There are 
eight grandchikjren. 

Arrangements made by tfie 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home, the 
BoneweH family, a GoWen Rule 
Funeral Home. 



Edgar Alvin 
Wood, III 

Edgar Alvin Wood, age 76, was 
bom in Rhode Island on Octotwr 
1 1 , 1 91 9, to Edgarand Genevteve 
Wood, H. He received his schooling 
wtiile living in Rhode Island. He 
entered the U.S. Anny and served 
his country in Germany as an M.P. 
from 1942 to 1947. He was so 

Kroud to have sensed his country 
a even boucjfita used Army Jeep. 
After leavirra tfie senrice, Edgar 
moved to Calitomia in 1956, set- 
Uing in Lomita. He moveid to Tor- 
rance in 1970 where he married 
his wife Velma and they moved to 
the Kem River Valfey in 1982, 
after retiring from Borg Wamer, 
ttie company he had worited for 
since leaving the servk^e. 

Edgar toved lifel His favorite 
pasttime was dancing and he es- 
pecially loved HaHoween. He and 
velma won first prize at tfie senfor 
dance for tfie funniest couple. He 
also kTved to camp and enjoyed 
panning for gokj arid, being a rock 
hound, enjoyed lapkiary woric, 
often niaking rings, lapel pens and 
other jewelry. 

He had an overt sense of humor 
and was extremely well-read and 
maintained an active mind. In 
addition to his foving wife, Edgar is 
survived t}y daughters Bamara 
Happ of Lono Beach; Shirtey Wood 
of Laguna Hills; Marcia Gann and 
Carolyn Cornea; sdns Robert of 
Forrest Hills, California; and Paul 
of Los Angefes; sister Chariotte 
Borders of West Palm Beach, 
Florida; and brother John of 
Cumberiand, Rhode Island. His 
sister Marilyn Gabellian, preceded 
Nm in deam. Edgar will be graaUy 
missed by his femily and many 
friends. 

Servk»s wereheM at Highland 
Chapel, United Methodist Church, 
on May 1 , 1 996, with Pastor Ftoyd 
Castillo oflidating. 

Arrangements were made by 
the Lake Isabella Funeral Home, 
the Bonewefl family, a GoWen Rute 
Funeral Director. 



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Marion Rose 
Sorrick 

Private arrangements were 
made for Marion Rose Sorrick who 
passed away on May 7, 1996, at 
her home in Weldon. Marion was 
born September 3, 1926, in 
Washington. 

She has been a resident of the 
Kem River Valley for 1 7 years and 
was known as "Tne Cookie Lady." 
Many people in the valley enjoyed 
the lovely gifts she made and gave 
away. She loved to play bingo and 
had made many friends. 

Marion is survived by her hus- 
band Ernest Sorrick of Weldon; 
her son, Michael Currie of New 
Jersey; daughters Barbara 
Weaver of Colorado and Jeanie 
Henry of Oregon; step-daugfrters 
Sandra Feldman of Weldon; 
Janice Bennett of San Marcos; 
and Shiriey Hoody of Roriday; 14 
grandchildren and six great- 
grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 

Anyta E. Davies 

As requested no servk;es are 
planned for Anyta Davies who 

Kassed away after a brief illness at 
ome on Thursday, May 9, 1996. 
Anyta, a 20-year resident of 
Lake Isabella, was bom in 1 926 at 
Hannibal, Missouri, and moved to 
California in 1940. She married in 
1 954 and lived in the Los Angeles 
area before moving to Lake Isa- 
bella. 



A beloved wife, mother, 
grandmother and friend, she is 
survived by her husband, Eari 
Davies, of Lake Isabella; a 
daughter Debbie Davies of Los 
Osos; a son and daughter, Greg 
and Karen Moore, of Santa Maria; 
a grandson, Sean Moore, also of 
Santa Maria; a grandson and 
granddaughter, Chris and Tracy 
Moore; and great-granddaughter 
McKenzie Moore, of Puyallop, 
Washington. 

Inurnment will take place at 
Dudley-Hoffman's in Santa Maria 
at a future date. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 

Joseph L. 
"George" Arri 

Joseph L. "George" Arri, t)om 
April 24, 1915, in Rhode Island, 

Kjssed away at the San Joaquin 
ospital in Bakersfield, Califor- 
nia, on April 25, 1 996, at the age of 
81. 

George moved with his parents 
to Pomona, Califomia, at the age 
of five. He went to scfKX>l and 
oraduated from the Pomona 
School District. 

He served in the U.S. Navy and 
was honorably discfiarged in 1 944. 
After the Navy, George, with his 
brother Chuck, owned and oper- 
ated the A & A Towing Service in 
Pomona for several years. 

George loved to fish, so he and 
his wife Marge moved to Lake 
Isabella, Califomia, in May of 1 980. 



He was a memt)er of the Eagles 
Lodge #31 56 and the VFW, where 
he and Marge made many long 
and lasting friends. 

George is suvived by his wife, 
Margaret "Marge"; two stepsons, 
Lloyd and Jerry Torrey of Pomona; 
six grandchildren and two great- 
grandchildren. 

Interment will be at sea by the 
Neptune Society. Any donations 
should be made to the American 
Heart Association. 

Esther May Hewitt 

Graveside services were held 
at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Fri- 
day, May 10, 1996, at 1:00 p.m. 
for Esther May Hewitt, age 85. 
Officiating was Associate Pastor 
Robert Hardman from the Com- 
munity Covenant Church of Santa 
Baibara. Burial fdtowed at HiHcrwt 
Memorial Park in Bakersfield, 

Califomia. ' , „,i 

Esther was bom on January J, 
1911 in Napa, Califomia. She was 
a pilot during Worid War II, dock- 
ing ships in the Vallejo port. She 
had been a resident of OrovHIe, 
Califomia, for eight years and a 
devoted housewife forthe past 60 
years. Esther passed awayfrom 
natural causes on May 6, 1 996, at 
the Olive Ridge Care Center She 
was predeceased by her husband 
of 54 years. Clifford, in 1987 

Survivors include her son Rob- 
ert Hewitt of Oroville. Califomia; 
son Clifford Hewitt, of Norco^ 
California; brother Roy Standard 
of Napa. Califomia; six grandchj- 
drenandfourgreat-grandchildren. 



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Frances Belinda 
Watson 

Memorial services will be held at 
a later date for Frances Belinda 
Watson of Onyx who passed away 
on May 16, 1996, in Mt. Mesa. She 
was born on January 17, 1911, in 
loia, Kansas. 

She lived most of her life in 
Kansas and has lived the past three 
years In the Rancho Sierra area in 
Onyx. She had a great love for 
animals, especially her dog. She 
will be buried in the Gilmore family 
plot in lola, Kansas. 

Frances is survived by herneph- 
ews Rollie Hull oTDnyx; RoberfHull 
of Tillanok, Oreaon; Charles Rich- 
ard Gilmore of New Zealand; and 
Lester Gilmore of Southern Califor- 
nia; and several great nieces and 
nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary. 

James Bartley 
Hoffman 

James Bartley Hoffman passed 
away on Saturday, May 4, 1996, at 
St. Mary's Hospital in Long Beach, 
California, after a long battle with 
cancer. 

He was bom in Garden Grove, 
California, on May 29, 1959. He 
moved to the Kern River Valley, 
with his parents, Donald C. and 
Sondra M. Hoffman, and brothers 
Donald Clayton, Jr., and John P. in 
1975. He attended and graduated 
from Kern Valley High School in 
1 977. He worked as a cashier, at- 
tendant manager at several Arco 
self-service stations in Bakersfield, 
while attending Bakersfield College 
pan-iime, siu^ing accounting. Af- 
ter several years, he moved to the i 
Long Boach area to study and be- 
come a cosmetologist. He studied 
at "Flavio Beauty Colleges," and 
became an instructor. His health 
began to fade, and he became self- 

empioyed, to enable him to worh ao 

much as he was able to. 

Jim enjoyed fishing as his favor- 
ite sport and hobby. He spent many 
pleasanttimes fishing the Kem River " 
and Isabella Lake. 



In addition to his parents and 
_t)rothers, Jim is survived by his 
sister-in-law Johnel Trotter Hoffman 
of Wofford Heights; grandmother 
Mardie Hall of Northridge, Califor- 
nia; godparents Fred T. and Joan 
Andree of Reseda, California; and 
numerous loving cousins, aunts, 
uncles and friends. 

Arrangements were handled by 
the Cremation Society of the South 
Bay in Redondo Beach, Califomia. 
The family plans a private ceremony 
on May 29, 1996, to remember Jim 
on what would have taeen his 37th 
birthday. 

Maxine Lola 



Kanyuck 



Maxine Lola Kanyuck entered 
eternal life jon May 14, 1996. in 
Corona, Califomia, where she had 
been a patient at the Life Care 
Center for a number of weeks. 

Maxine was t)om on January 29, 
1918, in Fyie, Alabama to William 
and Lola Livingston, receiving her 
education there. She later moved to 
Baltimore, Maryland, then to Ari- 
zona, and in 1961, to Orange 
County, Califomia. where she met 
George Kanyuck. 

George and Maxine settled in 
Lakewood. where he worthed for 
Northrup Aircraft and Maxine 
worthed as an electronic production 
planner for Hughes Aircraft. They 
began to visit the Kem River Valley 
on weekends and moved here to 
Weldon upon retirement in 1978. 

Maxine leaves her beloved 
husband, George; two daughters 
Joan Dicosdo or 3an Diego and 
Doscine Ferguson of Spokane, 

Wachington; pluc four grandohil. 

dren anrffive great-grandchildren. 
,, A graveside service was held at 
Kern River valley Cemetery on 
Saturday, May 18, 1996. 

Arrangmenis enirusiea lo me 
care of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home, the Bonewell family, a 
golden Rul e FuneraLHome - 



Delmar Stanley 
Hayes 

Delmar Stanley Hayes, age 78, 
of Wofford Heights, passed away at 
his Wofford Heights residence on 
April 30, 1996. Mr. Hayes was an 
electrical contractor for 23 years. 

He is survived by his wife Geor- 
gia of Wofford Heights; son and 
daughter-in-law Chuck and Nikki 
Hayes of Mt. Shasta; son and 
daughter-in-law Russell and Margo 
Hayes of Santa Barbara; and 
daughter and son-in-law Charlyn 
and Frank Krammer of Bakersfield; 
arandcJiildren Alica, Vicki and 
Christopher. Mr. Hayes was a great- 
grandfather and a great-great- 
grandfather. Other survivors include 
his step-son Steven Horgan; step- 
daughter Billie Jean Lofty; grandson 
George; and brother Darrell Hayes 
of Cypress, California. 

Memorial services were held 
Thursday, May 9, 1 996, at the Kem 
River Valley Masonic Lodge in 
Kernvilleat 11:00 a.m. 

Hillcrest Mortuary was in charge 
of the arrangements. 



Whdnesday,May22^996_ 



41 



Herbert Mason 
Reynolds, Sr. 

Herbert Mason Reynolds, age 
83. of 61 Wildwood Dnve, Wofford 
Heights, California, died at 1 :38 a.m., 
Tuesday, May 14, 1996, of cancer 
at thie Kern Valley Hospital. Ser- 
vices were held at 1 a.m. on Satur- 
day, May 18, 1996, at the Highland 
Chapel United Methodist Church in 
Lake Isabella, California. 

"Herb" was bom in Millerton, 
Iowa, on July 24 - the day you plant 
turnips back in Iowa, he always said 
- in 1912, the year the luxury liner 
Titanic stmck an iceberg and sank. 
"Herb" did much better than thP 
mighty, poweiiul afid unsinKao.d 
luxury liner that sank on its rn aiden 
voyage taking most of the people it 
was responsible for down with it. He 
faced the storms and hidden ice- 
bergs of life with a steady hand, 
strong heart and even witty nature 
from the day he was born of the 
union of Perry James Reynolds and 
Nora Elizabeth Mason, his mother 
and father. He was one of their 
eleven children. 

He married Marybelie 
Friedmeyer of Des Moines, Iowa, 
on May 2, 1936, and they raised 
three sons. The boys were sure that 
he was unsinkable as he prepared 
them to face life's responsibilities. 
But they also found from the written 
word of God that "To every thing 
there is a sesaon, and a time to 
every purpose under the heaven: A 
time to be bom, and a time to die; a 
time to plant, and a time to pluck up 
that which is planted;" and "All go 
unto one place; all are of the dust, 
and all turn to dust again." The 
Titanic's hull is rusting at the bottom 
of cold waters of the North Sea 
having failed in her responsibilities. 
On the other hand, we all know that 
"Herb" has fulfilled his responsibili- 
ties as God has intended and has 
gone to a far better resting place. 



"Herb" lived 41 years in Iowa, 
and 42years in California, and made 
many journeys between the two. 
He will make his last trip back to be 
laid to rest next to Marybelie who 
preceded him in 1985. A graveside 
memorial will be held at 2:00 p.m.. 
May 25, 1996, at the Rest Haven 
Cemetery in West Des Moines, 
Iowa. He lost a son, James Frednck, 
in a tragic accident in 1974 who 
remains at peace in California. He 
lost his second spouse, Majetta 
"Midge" Lozier in 1990, a long time 
family friend. She is at peace in Des 
Moines also. 

He was also preceded m death 
by his mother, father and three 
sisters Evah, Ruby and Nina as 
well as a brother, Woodrow. all of 

Survivors are two of his sons, 
Donald of Garden Grove, Califor- 
nia; and Herbert, Jr. of Wottord 
Heights, California: four of fiis 
brothers, Everett of Greeley, Colo- 
rado; Horatio "Ray" of Silver Spnng, 
Maryland; Darreil of Leriox. Iowa; 
Francis of Des Moines, Iowa; and 
two sisters Ruth Adam of Pocatello 
Idaho; and Imogene Mi'ler of 
Coming, Iowa. Also six grandchil- 
dren and four great-grandchildren 
Arrangements by Valley Mortu 
, ary. 




Geraldine 
Evangeline Soto 

Geraldine Evangeline Soto was 
born on April 25. 1911. to Amencan 
fndian parents. She wasvery proud 

of her heritage. "Beadie" as she 
was known to all of us, was preceded 

Tdeath by two sisters, Victona 
Bates and Isabel White; a daughter 
Viola DeU Rosa and a grandson 

Wavne "Hoot" Allen Phelan. 

6un/ivors are husband Manuel 
Soto; sons Joseph Gomez Jr., 
Manuel Jr., Gilbert, Ronald, Leslie 
and Wade Soto, and their respec- 
Uve wives; daughters Esther 
Warnock, Gladys Galvan and 
■ SandraParker,aridthe|rrespective 
husbands. She also left behind 35 
grandchildren and numerous great- 

%1S was a resident of Simi 
Vallev for over 50 years. She was a 
Sequent visitor to our Kern R|ve 
VaHey and loved the area. Her last 
wfshes were to bring her ashes 
Stothevalley.Shewillbegreatly 

missed by all. Love you. Ma. 



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Davis T Loyd 

Private arrangements were 
made for Davis T. Loyd who 
passed away on May 18, 1996 in 
Bakersfield, California. Mr. Loyd 
was bom on August 10, 1907 in 
Hardy, Arkansas and has been a 
resident of the Kem River Valley 
for the past 18 years. 

He was a member of the Ma- 
sonic Lodqe#827andthe Shriners, 
and the Scottish Rite, VFW and 
Retired Federal Employees, also 

-Iha Fri ft n ris at tha I ihraiy ^ f)(] f^P 

Historical Society. 

Davis is survived by his wife. 
Irma Coker-Loyd; his niece Mary 
Ann Brewer of Mon-o Bay, Cali- 
fornia; and nephew Mike Peters of 
Newberry Park, California. Ar- 
rangements by Valley Mortuary. 

Delbert "Tex" Hooper 

A graveside service was held 
on Tuesday, May 21, 1996, at 
1 1 :00 a.m. at Hillcrest Memorial 
Pari< for Delbert Hooper, age 83. 
who passed away on May 16, 
1996, in Bakersfield. 

Delbert was bom in McKinney, 
Texas, on August 12, 1912. He 
moved to Kem County in 1 976 and 
has spent the last 20 years in the 
Kem River Valley, living in Wof- 
ford Heights. 

He is survived by his three 
daughters: Beckie Scott and her 
husband Tom of Bakersfield; Kathy 
Pettit of Bakersfield; and Pat 
McCall of Nonwalk; one son Delbert 
Donald Hooper and his wife Hedy 
of Corpus Christi. Texas; nine 
grandchildren and numerous 
great-grandchildren. _ 



Delbert "Tex" Hooper was pre- 
ceded in death by his wife Bertha 
Hooper. He will be greatly missed 
by his family and all who knew him. 

Hillcrest Memorial Park and 
Mortuary Funeral Directors of 
Bakersfield. 



Florence will be missed by all 
who knew and loved her. 

Services were entaisted to the 
Bonewell family of the Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Director. 



Florence Bushfield Oathy Garland Home 

Kennelty q^^^ Qg^^^^j .^^^. ^^^ 

Florence Bushfield Kennelty age 92. passed away in Kem VaHey 

^SS®!®*®"^^! '''®.?" "^^y 22, Hospital on May 14, 1996. Dub 

1 996. She was twm May 1 9. 1 91 9 was bom in McGregor, Texas, on 

o lorop h und Tlll iQ B ug W iVl d i n J an u o . y aV 4«04^H^ reiiS in-. 

Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where she 1966 from Southern California*, 



received her schooling. She was 
married September 13, 1941 in 
Cumberiand. Maryland to Frank 
Kennelty. Frank preceded Ro- 
rence in death on January 24 of 
this year. Florence and Frank 
moved to the lake area in 1967. 
She worked as an RN at the Kem 
Valley Hospital. She enjoyed 
reading and loved her hobby of 
making latch-hook rugs. She 
adored her cat, Morris, and loved 
to spend time with him. 

She is survived by her son Frank 
and his wife Tonia of Bakersfield; 
2 grandsons, Travis of Milwaukee. 
Wisconsin, and Nick of Bakerstieki; 
also one sister, Naomi Steele of 
Latrobe, Pennsylvania. A memo- 
rial sen/ice was held on Tuesday 
May 28, 1 996, in the Rose Chapei 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral Home 



Edison Company after 24 years 
as a service repairtnan. He moved 
to Kem County in 1980 and had 
lived in Mountain Mesa the past 1 6 
years. He was a member of the 
Masonic Lodge. 

Dub is survived by his daughter 
and son-in-law, Jane and Art 
Tibbetts of Squin-el Valley; grand- 
daughters Patty Siler of Sfateline, 
Nevada; Penny Vieau of Abilene, 
Texas; and Carta Fulton of 
Sebastabol, Califomia; and two 
great-grandchildren, Ashlee and 
Connor Vieau. He was preceded 
in death by his wife. Mattie Bickel. 
There will be no sen/ices at the 
request of the deceased. 

Arrangements were entrusted 
to the Bonewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home, a Golden 
Rule Funeral Director. 




Edward Kenneth 
Janssen 

EdwardJanssen entered into 
eternal rest on Memorial Day, 
Monday, May 27, 1996. at his 
home in Lake Isabella. He was 
89 years of age. 

He was bom in Iowa City, 
Iowa, on January 27, 1907, to 
Richard and Enga Janssen. 
Edward received his education 
in Wellsburg, Iowa, graduating 
from Wellsburg Hiah School, 
where he was a starbastketball 
player. He attended four years 
of college in the state of Iowa. 
Edward came to California 
in 1 940 and settled in Altadena. 
He manied his lovely wife, the 
former Esther Marie Carpenter 
in Las Vegas, Nevada. He 
played professional basketball 
for a time, eaming $25 per 
game, somewhat less than pro- 
fessionals earn today. 

He had a career in law en- 
forcement and security. He re- 
tired from Hughes Aircraft as a 
security officer in 1 967 and they 
moved to Lake Isabella in 1 969. 
Edward was also involved as a 
professional bowler in the se- 
nior division of bowling. 

Edward is survived by his 
wife, Esther; son, Charles 
Janssen of Nevada, Iowa; six 
grandchildren; three great- 
grandchildren and numerous 
nieces and nephews. A daugh- 
ter, Lenore Torence preceded 
him in death.. At his reauest, 
there were no memorial ser- 
vices. Inurnment was private. 
Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the care of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home, the 
Bonewell family, a Golden Rule 

Ci moral niror.tnr 



Marguerite 
Chappell 

Marguerite Chappell passed 
away eariy in the morning of 
May 31, 1996. She was 94 
years old. Bom on August 9, 
1901, to Robert and Laura 
Palmer in Porterville. Califor- 
nia, Marguerite moved to Kem- 
ville in 1904. She attended 
school through the eighth grade 
in both Kemville and South 
Fork. 

She married Walter 
Alexander in 1919 and they 
lived at the Weldon store, which 
is stillstanding next to the South 
Fori< School in Weldon. Walter 
ran the store there and met with 
an accident in 1933. He had 
loaned a gun to a friend who 
was returning it, when it fired 
striking Walter, causing his 
death. Marguerite became 
Postmaster in Weldon from 
1 941 -1 946 and raised her chil- 
dren alone until her marriage to 
William Daniel Chappell in 

1944. 

Survivors include her hus- 
band, William Chappell; along 
with her son Leonard Alexander 
of Weldon; and daughter Anette 
Staats of Twin Oaks, Califor- 
nia. Her daughter Marjorie 
Mecham preceded her in death . 
Marguerite is also sun/ived by 
12 grandchildren; eight great- 
grandchildren; and her sister 
Virginia Rhoades, who has 
owned and operated Paul's 
Place in Weldon for the past 55 
years. 

Marguerite could tell many 
stories concerning the eariy 
days of this area. She used to 
play around an old oak tree 
which still stands above the 
new part of the Kern River Val- 
ley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights. She also told how she 
would hear the bells on her 
father's team of horses thus 
knowing her father was return- 
ing home with his wagon. She 
related that many Chinese min- 
ers were buried at the old cem- 
etery and how they would place 
food on the graves at Christ- 
mas time. Most, if not all of 
them, have been returned to 
China. 

She would tell of how her 



Wednesday, June 5, 1996 



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fatherwouid run cattle up along 
the Kern River above Kernville. 
She often went along with him, 
staying overnight along the 
river. Her father owned the 
Palmer Ranch in Weldon which 
still exists today. Marguerite 
was known as the Mountain 
Lady and she loved her flow- 
ers. She was from the old stock 
of those who wori<ed hard all 
their lives. She will be greatly 
missed by all whose lives she 
touched. 

Services were held 
graveside at the old Kern Val- 
ley Cemetery on June 4, 1 996, 
at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Floyd 
Castillo officiating. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the care of the 
Bonewell family of the Uke 
Isabella Funeral Home, a 
Golden Rule Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, June 12^ 1996 



Valda Lois Logan 

Valda was born February 2, 
1917, in Allison, Iowa, the last 
of seven children bom to Ellas 
Garfield and Emma Louise 
(Hoffman) Willis. She passed 
away on May 6, 1 996, at Kem 
Valley Hospital in Mountain 
Mesa, California, due to com- 
plications resulting from a stroke 
suffered in the early moming 
hours on May 5. 

She was preceded in death 
by her loving husband and com- 
panion of 54 years, John W. 
"Bud" Logan in 1994. she is 
survived by her devoted son 
Jonathan and daughter-in-law 
Betty of Kemville; her adoring 
granddaughter Valda Marie and 
her husband FC2 Brian James 
Milam, USN, whose love and 
attentiveness she treasured; 
and great-grandson Jonathan 
James, who was indeed the 
apple of his Nanna's eye and 
the source of her greatest hap- 
piness and pleasure, all of Port 
Hueneme, Califomia; loving sis- 
ter-in-law Rose Marie Jeffus of 
Chatsworth, California; several 
nieces and nephews and great 
nieces and great nephews. 

Val will be missed by her 
many friends who were drawn 
to her by her love for people 
and life, her fine moral charac- 
ter, loyalty to friends, devotion 
to family, and quick response 
and generosity to those in need. 
Val's "up and at "em" attitude 
about work and her love for 
animals was due in no small 
part to her being raised on a 
farm. She enjoyed relating 
those experiences, both comi- 
cal and practical, especially 
those including her many "ad- 
ventures" with her Indian pony 
"Colonel." 

She graduated high school ' 
in 1935, and later moved to 
California, where prior to meet- 
ing and then marrying John on 
October 28, 1 939, she worked 
at jobs a bit unusual for most 
women of that time. One was 
as an assignment writer for a 
periodical under her own by- 
line. Another was as a demon- 
stration driver for Steriing Mo- 
tor Co . , taking prospective cus- 



44 



tomers out tor practical appli- 
cation demos in the big trucks 
sold for use in earth moving 
projects. The idea Steriing pro- 
moted was "If this lady can 
handle this big rig..." White not 
one to either aooreciate or par- 
ticipate in self-promoting brag- 
gadocio, Val did enjoy relating 
the experience of how she won 
a $1 00 wager with a member of 
the Kaiser Steel family that she 
couldn't drive a Steriing rig up 
"Sugar Mountain." 

During WWII, Val worked in 
the Aircraft factories. After the 
war, she was busy with the 
responsibilities of caring for the 
newest member of the family. 
In early 1951, she returned 
to the wori< force with Sears- 
Roebuck and Co. in San 
Fernando, Califomia. In 1960, 
Val began working for Kahr 
Bearing Corp. as Office Man- 
ager. Shortly thereafter, in re- 
viewing the books kept by the 
previous manager, she located 
an error in the payment of com- 
pany taxes amounting to tens 
of thousands of dollars. While 
time restrictions did not allow 
for a full refund, quite a sub- 
stantial amount was refunded 
by the IRS. 

As Office Manager, she was 
known for being just as quick to 
defend one of her staff as she 
was to make sure everyone 
completed the work expected 
of them. She set the example in 
appearance, manner and pro- 
fessionalism she expected from 
her staff. 



Val was an optimist who was 
quick to evaluate situations to 
see what could be done to im- 
prove matters. She would al- 
ways try to defuse potentially 
explosive situations but never 
at the expense of compromis- 
ing right principle. She was an 
accomplished conversational- 
ist, always more interested in 
conversations of substance 
than gossip. 

Having been "weekenders" 
since the eariy fifties, after re- 
tirement Val and John made 
Space 1 5 at Camp James their 
permanent home. They en- 
joyed the trips with their many 
friends in the Kern Valley Rov- 
ers RV Club. Val will be re- 
membered for her energy, en- 
thusiasm and her desire to see 
that a good time was enjoyed 

The past three years Val s 
health had suffered as she 
struggled with the effects of 
congestive heart failure, being 
hospitalized several times as a 
result of complications from the 

Although these problems 
were a heavy burden, Val never 
allowed herself to "give in" to 
the disease. She was, during 
this time, as she had been 
throughout her lifetime, a fine 
example to all. . 

There will be a memonai 
service. The place, date and 
time are yet to be detemnined. 



Martha J. Van 
Benthum 

Graveside services were 
held on Tuesday, June 11, 
1996, at 10:00 a.m. in the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
lord Heights for Martha Joann 
Van Benthum, age 69, of Lake 
- Isabella. Mr. Steve Brown, a 
close family friend, officiated. 

A 32-year valley resident, 
Mrs. Van Benthum was bom 
February 24, 1927, in Tampa, 
Florida, and passed away on 
Thursday in a Bakersfield hos- 
pital. She retired from the U.S. 
Postal Service in 1980, having 
worked in the Lake Isatjella Post 
Office for 10 years. 

She had fonnerly been ac; 
tive in the Ladies of tfie Elks 
and also the Ladies of the 
Moose. She enjoyed fishing, 
bowling and gardening when 
she was able to. 

Martha is survived by her 
son and daughter-in-law, Rich- 
ard and Patricia Charboneau 
of Lake Isabella; her grandson, 
Erick Charboneau; and her 
brother, George Mansfield of 
Tampa, Florida; and a host of 
friends here in the area. 

Arrangements by Valley 

Judy Saltzgaver 

Judy Saltzgaver passed 
away peacefully at home, June 
8, 1996. She was bom July 16, 
1945, to Jesse and Ursula 
Elkins in Longview, Washing- 
ton. Judy married John 
Saltzgaver, April 13, 1968. To- 
gether they purchased 
McNally's Fairview Lodge on 
the Kern River in 1975 and 
have been an active part of the 
community since that time. 

3udy is survived by her hus- 
band, mother, three sisters, four 
brothers and their families. Me- 
morial sen/ices will be at the 
Kemville Methodist Church at 
11am on Wednesday, June 
12th. The family would like to 
thank the community for their 
loving support and asks that 
donations be made to the 
American Cancer Society in lieu 
of flowers. 

Arrangments made^ by the 
Bonewell family, Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Director. 



George William 
Charles 

Funeral services were held 
Thursday. June 6, 1996, at 
1 2:00 p.m. at Rose Hils Memo- 
rial Park in Whittier, California, 
for George William Charles of 
Bodfish. Mr. Charles was bom 
on July 25, 1913. in Dallas. 
Texas, and passed away on 
May 31 , 1 996, at his residence 
in Bodfish. 

He has been a resident of 
the Kern River Valley, which he 
loved, for more than 25 years. 
He was a veteran of WWII. He 
loved to fish and had a lot of 
friends at the Senior Center 
and Isabella Market. 

George is survived by his 
sons, Robert Charles of Bod- 
fish; William Charles of Lake- 
wood; Tom Charles of Lake- 
wood, Gene Charles of Norco 
and his daughters, Vicki 
Sullivan of Norco and Linda 
Lewis of La Mirada, Califomia; 
23 grandchildren; eight great- 
grandchildren and one great- 
great-granddaughter. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Opal Ruby 
Cbristiaru 

Funeral services for Opal 
Ruby Christian, age 79, of Lake 
Isabella, will be held at 10:00 
a.m. today at the First Baptist 
Church of Lake Isabella with 
Pastor David Snow officiating. 
Burial will follow in the Kem 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights. 

A 23-year valley resident. 
Ruby was bom September 1 , 
1916, in Kingsville, Missouri. 
She was a homemaker and 
was active in the First Baptist 
Church with the Women's Bible 
Study Group. 

She was preceded in death 
by her husband, Edward in 
1985. Survivors include her 
daughter. Donna Keipe of 
Palmdale; her sons, Jeny Chris- 
tian of Anderson; and Dennis 
Christian of Spokane, Wash- 
ington; seven grandchildren 
and nine great-grandchildren. 

Visitation was held on Tues- 
day from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 
p.m. at the Valley Mortuary in 
l.ake Isabella. - 



Wednesday, June 12, 1996 

Andrew Harry 
Malinovszky 

Memorial services were held 
Thursday, June 6, 1996, at 
11 .00 a.m. at the Weldon Meth- 
odist Church for Andrew Harry 
Malinovszky. Officiating was 
Rev. Dr. Charies White. 

Mr. Malinovszky was bom 
January 15, 1912, in Chicago, 
Illinois, and passed away on 
June 3, 1996, in Mt. Mesa, 
Califomia. He and his wife came 
to the Kem River Valley 22 
years ago after he retired. He 
has been a member of the 

Weldon Methodist Church and 
did a lot of work on the church 
including making the Altar Rail 
and the Sign. He was very de- 
voted to his wife of 64 years 
and his family. 

He is survived by his wife 
Jeanetfe.QLWfildQOi-fli^.dawgh- 
t^fs,Teanette Petitt of Kansas 
and Diane Smolinski of Penn- 
syl van i oi aoioro -m-iem Eugena 
and Elizabeth of Lake Havasu, 
Arizona; five grandchildren and 
seven great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Lawana Marie 
Sorenson 

Graveside services were 
held Wednesday, June 5, 1 996, 
at 1 1 :00 a.m. at Kem River 

Valley Cemetery for Lawana 
"Lou" Marie Sorenson. Officiat- 
ing was Pastor Jon Roweofthe 
Church of Christ in Mt. Mesa. 
Lou was bom September 21 , 
1 931 , in Horatio, Ari<ansas and 
passed away on June 2, 1996, 
in Mt. Mesa. Califomia. 

She has been a resident of 
Lake Isabella for 33 years and 
worked as a waitress and bar- 
tender for 30 years. She also 
was involved with many volun- 
teer organizations in the valley. 
Lou is survived by herbrother 
Loyd Crenshaw of Lake Isa- 
bella and her sisters, Barbara 
Colvin and Bess Goodson, both 
of Bakersfield. Also many 
nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Martha J. Van 
Benthum 

Graveside services were 
held on Tuesday, June 11, 
1 996, at 10:00 a.m. in the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights for Martha Joann 
Van Benthum. age 69, of Lake 
Isabella. Mr. Steve Brown, a 
close family friend, officiated. 

A 32-year valley resident, 
Mrs. Van Benthum was bom 
February 24, 1927, in Tampa, 
Florida, and passed away on 
Thursday in a Bakersfield hos- 
pital. She retired from the U.S. 
Postal Service in 1980, having 
worked in the Lake lsat)ella Post 
Office for 10 years. 

She had formerly been ac;_ 
tive in the Ladies of the Elks' 
and also the Ladies of the 
Moose. She enjoyed fishing, 
bowling and gardening when 
she was able to. 

Martha is survived by her 
son and daughter-in-law, Rich- 
ard and Patricia Charboneau 
of Lake Isabella; her grandson, 
Erick Charboneau; and her 
brother, George Mansfield of 
Tampa, Florida; and a host of 
friends here in the area. 

Arrangements by Valley 






Judy Saltzgaver 

Judy Saltzgaver passed 
away peacefully at home, June 
8, 1 996. She was bom July 1 6, 
1945, to Jesse and Ursula 
Elkins in Longview, Washing- 
ton. Judy married John 
Saltzgaver, April 13, 1968. To- 
gether they purchased 
McNally's Fairview Lodge on 
the Kern River in 1975 and 
have been an active part of the 
community since that time. 

Judy is survived by her hus- 
band, mother, three sisters, four 
brothers and their families. Me- 
morial services will be at the 
Kemville Methodist Church at 
11am on Wednesday, June 
12th. The family would like to 
thank the community for their 
loving support and asks that 
donations be made to the 
American Cancer Society in lieu 
of flowers. 

Arrangments made by the 
Bonewell family. Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Director. 



George William 
Charles 

Funeral services were held 
Thursday. June 6, 1996, at 
1 2:00 p.m. at Rose Hils Memo- 
rial Pari< in Whittier, California, 
for George William Chartes of 
Bodfish. Mr. Charies was bom 
on July 25, 1913, in Dallas, 
Texas, and passed away on 
May 31 , 1 996, at his residence 
in Bodfish. 

He has been a resident of 
the Kern River Valley, which he 
loved, for more than 25 years. 
He was a veteran of WWII. He 
loved to fish and had a lot of 
friends at the Senior Center 
and Isabella Mari<et. 

George is survived by his 
sons, Robert Charies of Bod- 
fish; William Charies of Lake- 
wood; Tom Charies of Lake- 
wood, Gene Charies of Norco 
and his daughters, Vicki 
Sullivan of Norco and Linda 
Lewis of La Mirada, California; 
23 grandchildren; eight great- 
grandchildren and one great- 
great-granddaughter. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Opal Ruby 

Christian- 
Funeral services for Opal 
Ruby Christian, age 79, of Lake 
Isabella, will be held at 10:00 
a.m. today at the First Baptist 
Church of Lake Isabella with 
Pastor David Snow officiating. 
Burial will follow in the Kem 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights. 

A 23-year valley resident. 
Ruby was bom September 1 , 
1916, in Kingsville, Missouri. 
She was a homemaker and 
was active in the First Baptist 
Church with the Women's Bible 
Study Group. 

She was preceded in death 
by her husband, Edward in 
1985. Survivors include her 
daughter, Donna Keipe of 
Palmdale; hersons, Jeny Chris- 
tian of Anderson; and Dennis 
Christian of Spokane, Wash- 
ington; seven grandchildren 
and nine great-grandchildren. 

Visitation was held on Tues- 
day from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 
p.m. at the Valley Mortuary in 
^_ake Isabella. 



Wednesday, Ju>fE 12, 1996 

Andrew Harry 
Malinovszky 

Memorial services were held 
Thursday, June 6, 1996, at 
1 1 :00 a.m. at the Weldon Meth- 
odist Church for Andrew Harry 
Malinovszky. Officiating was 
Rev. Dr. Charies White. 

Mr. Malinovszky was bom 
January 15, 1912, in Chicago, 
Illinois, and passed away on 
June 3, 1996, in Mt. Mesa, 
California. He and his wife came 
to the Kem River Valley 22 
years ago after he retired. He 
has been a member of the 

Weldon Methodist Church and 
did a lot of work on the church 
including making the Altar Rail 
and the Sign. He was very de- 
voted to his wife of 64 years 
and his family. 

He is survived by his wife 
JeanetV|.QLWfildQ0:-tli3.d9Mgh- 
tgfs.^eanette Petitt of Kansas 
and Diane Smolinski of Penn- 
syl von i oi o i otoro -tn-tew Eugena 
and Elizabeth of Lake Havasu, 
Arizona; five grandchildren and 
seven great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Lawana Marie 
Sorenson 

Graveside services were 
held Wednesday, June 5, 1 996, 
at 11:00 a.m. at Kem River 

Valley Cemetery for Lawana 
"Lou" Marie Sorenson. Officiat- 
ing was Pastor Jon Roweof the 
Church of Christ in Mt. Mesa. 
Lou was bom September 21. 
1 931 , in Horatio, Ari<ansas and 
passed away on June 2, 1996, 
in Mt. Mesa, California. 

She has been a resident of 
Lake Isabella for 33 years and 
worked as a waitress and bar- 
tender for 30 years. She also 
was involved with many volun- 
teer organizations in the valley. 
Lou is survived by her brother 
Loyd Crenshaw of Lake Isa- 
bella and her sisters, Barbara 
Colvin and Bess Goodson, both 
of Bakersfield. Also many 
nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, JuNfE 19, 1996 



46 




Kathryn "Kay" E, 
Simpkins 

Funeral services were held 
Friday, June 1 4, 1 996, at 1 1 :CX) 
a.m. at the Weldon Methodist 
Church for Kathryn "Kay" E. 
Simpkins. Officiating was Rev. 
Dr. Charies White. 

Kay, t)eloved wife, mother, 
nurse, teacher and mentor, 
went home to heaven on June 
10, 1996. She was bom and 
raised in Canton, Ohio. The 
family moved to California in 
1979. She was a resident of 
Weldon for the last nine years. 

She worked as a nurse at 
Long Beach Community Hos- 
pital in the Oncology Ward for 
nineyears; then as a nurse and 
heaci of staff development at 
Kem Valley Hospital. Kay was 
an active meml)er at the Weldon 
Methodist Church and the com- 
munity at large. 

Kay Simpkins was preceded 
in death by her mother, Kathryn 
L. Fuller. She is survived by her 
husband, Charles L. Simpkins 
Jr.; sons, Charles, James and 
Joshua; daughters, Kathryn 
Rowe and Christine Love; fa- 
ther, John D. Fuller; brothers, 
John D. Fuller and Charies W. 



Fuller; grandchildren, Sarah 
and Daniel Simpkins, Morgan 
and Sean Love, Paul and 
Samantha Rowe; daughters- 
in-law, Kathryn Simpkins and 
Carta Simpkins; son-in-law, 
Chris Rowe; sisters-in-law, 
Rickie Fuller and Anita Fuller; 
nieces, nephews, co-wori<ers 
and friends all over the valley. 
Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Dennis Wayne 
Court 

Dennis Wayne Court entered 
etemal life on June 10, 1996, 
as the result of injuries suffered 
in a motorcycle accident in the 
Kem Canyon. 

He was the fourth child of 
John Court and Stella Littlefield 
Court, bom on September 22, 
1 936, in Rochester, New Hamp- 
shire. He lived in Southt>envick, 
Maine, prior to coming to Cali- 
fomia, settling in the South Bay 
area. 

He and his wife, Marjorie, 
moved to the lake area two 
years ago and Dennis pursued 
his hobbies of prospecting and 
jewelry making. Prior to mov- 
ing to Wofford Heights, Dennis 
worthed as a pipefitter in the oil 
refinery business. 

Dennis is survived by his wife 
Marjorie; four sons in the New 
England area; and one dauah- 
ter in Orange County, Califor- 
nia. He also leaves two broth- 
ers, Tracy and Craig Court. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted into the care of the 
Bonewell family. Lake Isattella 
Funeral Home, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Director. 

Thornton Buddy 
VonDerAhe 

A memorial service for 
Thornton Buddy Von Der Ahe 
will be held Saturday, June 22, 



1996, at 11:30 a.m. at Rose 
Chapel at Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home, with a luncheon 
following at the Lake Isabella 
Moose Lodge. Bud passed 
away on June 6, 1996, at the 
home of his daughter, Dariene, 
in Sylmar, Califomia. 

Thornton was born to 
Frederick and Clare Von Der 
Ahe on Auaust 20, 1 91 2, in Los 
Angeles, Califomia. Bud mar- 
ried Vyria "Cisco" Jackson in 
1 933. He was appointed to the 
Los Angeles County Rre De- 
partment in 1 935 anci afterserv- 
ing 33 years, retired in 1967. 
Bud and Cisco moved to Wof- 
ford Heights in 1 980 where they 
were active in the Rod and Gun 
Club and the Kern Valley 
Moose. 

Cisco passed away in 1 986. 
Bud met Mattie Williams in 1 986 
and they were married in 1 988. 
Bud and Mattie loved to dance 
and would go to the Moose 
every chance they had. They 
bowled in a local league and 
like to go to Las Vegas and 
Laughlin. They also loved to 
travel and did so quite a lot. 

Bud gave up fishing andboat- 
ing in 1984 after driving his 
truck into the lake. Friends and 
family never let him forget that 
onel 

He is survived by his wife, 
Mattie, of Wofford Heights; his 
son Ronald of Bodfish; daugh- 
ter Dariene Westman of Sylrriar; 
plus six grandchildren and 
seven great-grandchikJren. 

Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home, a Golden Rule Funeral 
Director. 



Wednesday, June 19, 1996 



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Louis B. Schuster 

Private family services have 
been held for Lcxiis B. Schuster, 
age 77, of K emville. Louis was 
bom on March 12. TFrgTrT 
Schenectady, New York, and 
passed away in a local hospital 
on June 10, 1996. 

He was a retired banker and 
had lived with his wife of 55 
years, Elaine, in Kemville for 
1 years. 

In addition to his wife, he is 
survived by his son. Ken 
Schusterof Van Nuys and Kem- 
ville and was preceded in death 
by his daughter, Barbara, and 
by a granddaughter, Christy. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 

Lawrence Eugene 
Woodward 

Larry Woodward was bom 
in Bell, California, on May 7, 
1940. He was eight years old 
when his family moved to 
Johnsondale, where he spent 
an idyllic four years running 
Ijarefoot all overthe mountains 
which he loved to call "the big- 
gest and best backyard for a 
kid." He was always trying to 
catch and ride the wild horses. 
He never caught one, but he 
said it was more fun just trying. 
The garage he and his father 
built is still there to this day 
When he was 12 years old, his 
family moved to Bass Lake 
where he graduated from Si- 



erra High School in 1958. 

In the following years, he 
moved to the city, went to hair- 
dressing school, got married 
and opened a beauty salon. He 
had a daughter who adored 
him. Larry had a role in a major 
motion picture and also became 
a gourmet cook. He always 
enjoyed throwing dinner par- 
ties for his many friends. He 
was a classic movie buff and 
loved to attend Broadway plays. 
Larry worked as a beauti- 
cian in Upland. California, 
where all of his family lived. 
They went on camping vaca- 
tions all over California and 
Mexico, including many rafting 
and tubing trips on the Kem 
River. He was often featured in 
his local newspaper for the 
elaborate costumes he de- 
signed and wore to entertain 
emotionally and physically 
handicapped children and 
fundraisers for many other 
charities. 

When he received the news 
that his sister was widowed, he 
went to live with her and her 
daughter in Bakersfield and to- 
gether they decided to move ^ 
back to the mountains he called 
home. They became host and 
hostess of several camp- 
grounds between Kemville and 
Johnsondale. He was known 
for his blue golfcart and all the 
wild and abandoned cats they 
rescued from the camp- 
grounds. He was also recog- 



nized for his beautiful vegetable 
and flower gardens for which 
he received an award at the Mt 
Mesa Faire. In 1993, he pur- 
chased land in Kelso Valley 
and remained there until his 
passing with his sister at his 
side. 

Larry was a man who was 

?ood of heart and pure of soul, 
he lessons of life he taught his 
daughter were to help those 
less fortunate than yourself, 
never be cnjel and to smile. He 
always appreciated the simple 
things in lite; watching the sun- 
rise, admiring the wildflowers 
in spring, and enjoying the com- 
pany of those he cherished. 
Everyone whose life he touched 
knows how special a man he 
was. 

He is survived by his be- 
loved daughter. Heather Eliza- 
beth Schmitt of Bakersfield and 
his sister Elizabeth Woodward 
of Weldon. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the care of the 
Bonewell family. Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Director. 



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Donald Simeon 
Barnes 

Donald Simeon Barnes 
passed away on May 9, 1 996, 
at the age of 49. Born in Long 
Beach, California, he spent 
most of his life in the Kem River 
Valley. ' _ 

Donnie was employed with 
the Kem County Fire Depart- 
ment for 25 years, retiring in 
1994. Always active in sports 
and coaching, he also loved 
outdoor life, especially fishing. 

He was preceded in death 
by his daughter, Olivia Jean, 
and by his father, Simeon C. 
Barnes. He is survived by his 
wife, Barbara; son, Kevin, of 
Wyoming; son, Robert, of Indi- 
ana; sons, Roger and Dustin, 
of San Luis Obispo; and mother, 
Oleta, of Arizona. 

A memorial services was 
held on May 13, 1996 at the 
Kem River Valley Cemetery 
with John Carpenter of the Kem- 
ville United Methodist Church 
officiating. 

Warren Lane 
Stewart 

A mass of Christian burial 
was said at the San Fernando 
Mission in San Fernando on. 
Friday, June 1 4, 1 996, at 1 0:00 
a.m. for Warren Lane Stewart, 
age 79, of Lake Isabella. Inter- 
ment followed at the San 
Fernando Mission Cemetery. 
Officiating was Rev. James 
Blantz. 

A 30-year Kem River Valley 
resident, Mr. Stewart passed 
away at the Kem Valley Hospi- 
tal after a lingering illness. He 
was born Febaiary 9, 1917 in 
Kansas City, Kansas and re- 
sided in the Midwest until Worid 



Wednesday, Tune 19, 1996 



War II at which time he enlisted 
in the U.S. Arniy and served for 
three-and-one-half years being 
discharged with the rank of First 
Sergeant. 

A skilled cement mason, he 
was a member of Local #893 in 
Burbank for over 40 years. 
During this period, he also 
served as an assistant busi- 
ness agent for a short time. He 
was very active in community 
affairs, particulariy after he and 
his wife moved to the Kem River 
Valley. He was the prime 
founder and first president of 
the Lake Isabella and Bodfish 
Home Owners Association , and 
was associated with numerous 
other associations. 

He will best be remembered 
for his outstanding attitude, his 
friendliness and his love of life 
and people. 

He is survived by his wife of 
50 years, Mary Jane Stewart, 
of Lake Isabella; his son from a 
previous marriage, Warren 
Stewart. Jr. of Paducah. Ken- 
tucky; his brothers, Gene 
Stewart, of La Center, Ken- 
tucky, and Malcolm Stewart, of 
Bariow, Kentucky; and four 
grandchildren. 

Arrangements entrusted to 
the care of Valley Mortuary of 
Lake Isabella. 

James Harry 
Duncan 

James Harry Duncan, age 



79, passed away on May 28, 
1996, at Kem Valley Hospital 
Skilled Nursing Center. He was 
bom in Indianapolis, Indiana, 
on April 13. 1917. 

Jim retired from Rockwell 
Intemational. He loved the Kern 
River Valley and lived here for 
29 years. He always referred to 
this as "God's Country." 

He is survived by his wife of 
27 years. Iris Lura Duncan; 
children Gail L. Blackwell and 
James "Butch" Duncan; step- 
sons Robert L. Edwards and 
William L Edwards; 15 grand- 
childr6n and nine great-grand- 
children. 

Jim requested that there be 
no services or memorials. He 
was buried at Kem River Valley 
Cemetery. 

Arrangements were handled 
by Valley Mortuary of Lake Isa- 
bella. 



Wednes day^June 26, 1996 



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Elizabeth Plimmer 

Elizabeth Plimmer entered 
into eternal rest mid-moming 
June 19, 1996. at the Skilled 
Nursing Center, Kem Valley 
Hospital, where she has been 
for the past few years. She was 
1 05 years of age. Elizabeth was 
a model patient and loved by 
all. 

She was bom in England on 
February 13, 1891, and came 
to the United States when she 
was 29 years old, in 1 920. Eliza- 
beth was a housewife for 82 
years. She first lived in Detroit 
and Cincinnati until 1963, at 
which time she retired in Florida 
until 1973 when she came to 
Califomia, settling in San Pedro. 
She came to the lake area in 
1984. 

Elizabeth was very active. 
She loved to dance at the 
Moose Lodge and the Elks, 
and was a member of both. 
She served as Matron of Honor 
at her son Raymond's wedding 
in 1990. 

She is survived by her son 
Raymond Plimmer of Wofford 
Heights. A second son, Alfred, 
preceded her in death. 

Elizabeth will be greatly 
missed, especially by her 
nurses who provided such ex- 
cellent care of her for the past 
few years. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the care of the 
Bonewell family of Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home, a Golden 
Rule Funeral Director. 

In memory of 
Avelino (Albert) 
Garcia 

In memory of our dearest 
brother, Avelino (Albert) Garcia, 
on his 84th birthday: 

In his lonely grave is the one 
we love so dearly, whom we 
neversaid "Good-bye." Peace- 
ful be your sleep, dear brother, 
in life we loved you deariy, in 



death we do the same. 

Our hearts are filled with sad- 
ness as we drop a silent tear. 
You are gone, but not forgot- 
ten, nor shall you ever be. 
Etemal rest. 

Christine. Josephine. 
Joey. "Cookie" Ray 

Memorial service 
scheduled for 
Valda Lois Logan 

The family of Valda Lois 
Logan would like to extend a 
warm invitation to all her friends 
and acquaintances to attend a 
memorial service for Val at the 
Oddfellows Hall in Kemville. 
The service will be held on Sat- 
urday. July 13, 1996, at 2:30 
p.m. 

A pot luck will follow in 
memory of Val and the plea- 
sure she always derived from 
seeing friends get together and 
enjoy one another's company ' 
while sharing a meal. 



Ursula Mueller 

Ursula Mueller (nee Lutter) 
was bom in Beriin, Germany, 
on May 10, 1920. She lived 
there until she was nine years 
old. She then moved to the 
United States where she com- 
pleted her education. In June 
1 939, she moved back to Ber- 
lin with her parents. In 1947, 
her future husband, Herbert 
Mueller, replaced her at her job 
at the Templehof Air Force 
Base. They were mamed in 
1949 in Germany. In 1950, 
Ursula retumed to the United 
States. After living in Denver, 
Colorado, they moved to 
Hawthorne. Califomia. in 1 951 . 
and eventually moved to 
Inglewood and Harbor City. 
After Herbert retired in 1989. 
they moved to Wofford Heights. 

Ursula loved to sew and en- 
joyed photography. One thing 



she could not master, though, 
was learning to play the game 
UNO. Ursula was an associate 
member of the Kem River Val- 
ley Amateur Radio Club and 
loved to travel, woridwide. 

In addition to her husband, 
Herbert. Ursula leaves behind 
one daughter, Karen Avery; and 
son-in-law Paul; plus two grand- 
children, Jennifer and Brian, all 
of Gardena, Califomia. 

Funeral services were hold 
Wednesday. June 19, 1996, at 
Highland Chapel, United Meth- 
odist Church of Lake Isabella 
with Pastor Floyd Castillo offici- 
ating. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the care of the 
Bonewell family of Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home, a Golden 
Rule Funeral Director. 



Wednesday, July 3, 1996 



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Paul S. 
Wenstrand 

Paul S. Wenstrand was born 
on January 29, 1912, to Rever- 
end J. Oscar and Linda A. 
Wenstrand in Albert City, Iowa. 
He passed away on June 19, 
1996, at his home in Denair, 
California. 

Mr. Wenstrand was a faithful 
husband, devoted father and 
grandfather. He was a farmer, 
small businessman for 40 years 
as a Texaco Distributor, dairy- 
man, and cattle breeder. He 
served on the Denair Unified 
School Board for 1 7 years, many 
of which he was president. Mr. 
Wenstrand was a member of 
the Turlock Covenant Church 
and served on several church 
boards, including the Beulah 
Covenant Board of Trustees. 
He was a member of<he Turlock 
Emanuel Hospital Board, 
Bethany Home Board and a 
charter member of the Denair 
Volunteer Fire Department. He 
was a member of the Chamber 
of Commerce and the Denair 
Community Services District. 
Mr. Wenstrand was also active 
with the Kern Valley FFA Boost- 
ers Club. 

Mr. Wenstrand is survived by 
his wife of 56 years, Doris; a 
brother, Harold; a sister, Arlene 
Baumann; children: Arlo and 
wife Jan; Donald and wife Alison; 
Mary and husband Robert 
Moore; Gerald and wife Carol; 
and seven grandchildren: Linda 
Griesser, Scott Wenstrand, 
Grant Wenstrand, Colin 
Wenstrand, Leisa Wenstrand, 
Matthew Wenstrand, and 
James Moore. 

Although Mr. Wenstrand 
never resided in the Kern River 
Valley, he spent the last 20 years 
visiting here whenever possible. 
He made many friends and ac- 
quaintances. 

In memory, a memorial schol- 
arship fund has been estab- 



lished in his honor through the 
Kern Valley FFA Boosters. 

Lena Mae 
Edwards 

Private arrangements were 
made for Lena Mae Edwards 
who passed away on June 26, 
1996, in Bakersfield, California. 
Lena was bom on October 1 1 , 
1948, in Los Angeles, Califor- 
nia. She spent most of her life in 
the Kem River Valley and at- 
tended high school here. A me- 
morial service will be held at a 
later date. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Benny Edwards, of Lake 
Isabella; daughters, Gina, Chris- 
tina and Linda Edwards, of Lake 
Isabella; sisters, Jeannie Tate 
and Mary Cullen, t>oth of Bakers- 
field; brothers, Gary Thomas of 
Bodfish, and Robert Cullen of 
Bakersfield; and her mother, 
Anna Inez Thomas of Bakers- 
field, California. 



Arrangements by. Valley Mor- 
tuary. 

Paul E. Stanley 

Paul E. Stanley was bom on 
October 14, 1912, in Riverside, 
California, and passed away on 
June 23, 1996, at home in Wof- 
ford Heights after a bout with 
cancer. He was 83, a native of 
Riverside, California, where he 
spent most of his life before 
retiring to the Kem River Vallev 

in October 1971. 

He was a member of the Riv- 
erside Police Department for 31 
years retiring in October 1971 
as Assistant Chief of Police. He 
was prjBsident of the Riverside 
Peace Officers Association in 
1969. 

Paul was a veteran of Worid 
War II, serving in the U.S. Navy 
from 1 943- 1 946. He was a mem- 
ber of the Retired Publjc Em- 
ployees Association, Lake Isa- 
bella Chapter, as well as the 
Retired Peace Officers Asso- 
ciation of California and the 
Public Employees Association 
of Riverside County. 

He is survived by his wife. 
Iris, of 37 years; and nieces and 
nephews in Riverside and 
Cleariake, California, also Min- 
nesota and Wisconsin. 

At his request there will be no 
funeral. Any donations to the 
Cancer Association in his name 
would be appreciated. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



-WEDNESDAYjyiAlJ0,J996 



51 




Hattie Edna 
Howell 

A memorial service will be 
held Saturday, July 13, 1996, at 
11:30 a.m. at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel for Hattie Edna Howell. 
Officiating will be Pastor Deryl 
Lackey of the Mt. View South- 
ern Baptist Church and the La- 
dies of the Moose. 

Hattie was born December 
28, 1905 in Estel Springs, Ten- 
nessee, and passed away on 
June 29, 1996, in Mt. Mesa, 
California. She was a resident 
of the Kern River Valley for the 
past five years and a memberof 
the Moose Lodge. 

She is survived by her son 
and daughter-in-law, James and 
Beverly Phillips of Lakewood, 
California; her brothers, John 
Rightmire of Florida and Lee 
■Righimire of Tennessee; her 
: sister, Lois Trotter of Wofford 
Heights; granddaughters and 
their husbands, Hollie and Don 
Kidwell of Virginia; Heidi and 
Richard Moe of Virginia; and 
Heather and Bryan Halliday of 
Redondo Beach, California. 
Also surviving are her nieces, 
Johnel Trotter Hoffman and 
husband Clay of Wofford 
Heights; Lucretia and Mike 
Chmielewski and son John; 
Vickie Lester and sons AJ and 
Eddie from El Segundo, Califor- 
nia; Roselle and Adele Turner 
of Florfla; and other relatives in 
Oregon, Tennessee, Florida 
and California. She will be 
greatly missed by ail who knew 
and loved her. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Betty Mae Petty 

Betty Mae Petty was born to 
Arthur and Pearl Brocket in 
Moneta, California, on Novem- 
ber 17, 1925. She entered into 
eternal rest on the afternoon of 
June 28, 1996 at the Kern Val- 
ley Hospital, Mt. Mesa. 

She received her elementary 
schooling in various cities in 
Southern California and gradu- 
ated from high school in El 
Monte. 

Betty met Charles (Chuck) 
Petty while he was on leave 
from the Navy, in El Monte, 
where on October 1 , 1 944, they 
were married. 

She loved to crochet and knit 
and enjoyed working jigsaw 
puzzles. Her rose garden was 
on of her greatest joys. 

Betty is survived by her hus- 
band. Chuck, of Wofford 
Heights; three sons, Rodney 
Hamilton Petty of Moab, Utah; 
Timothy Allen Petty of 
Wilseyville, California; and 
Stephen Howland Petty of Orsie, 
California. Also surviving Betty 
are her two sisters, Kathrine 
Tupling of Bakersfield and Doris 
Barber of Hesperia, California; 
nine grandchildren and one 
great-grandchild. 

Services were held on 
Wednesday, July 3, 1996 at 
11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist 
Church of Kernville with Pastor 
Dick Lewis and former Pastor 
John Revis officiating. Private 
burial followed. 

Betty will be greatly missed 
by her family and friends. 

Services were entrusted to 
the care of the Bonewell family 
of Lake Isabella Funeral Home, 
a Golden Rule Funeral Direc- 
tor. 



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52 



Julia E. Johnson Frances Clack 



Julia Johnson was born No- 
vember 5, 1917, to Clyde and 
Nora Slocum in Topeka, Kan- 
sas. She entered eternal life on 
July 5. 1996, in Victorville, Cali- 
fornia, at the age of 78. A 
graveside service was held at 
the Kern River Valley Cemetery 
at 1 1 :00 a.m. Wednesday, July 
10, 1996. Eulogy was given by 
her grandson, Bobby Walden. 

She was retired from Kern 
County and was a resident of 
the valley area for 25 years. 
She moved to the valley from El 
Segundo. Julia was a member 
of the Ladies of the Moose. Her 
family could talk to her about 
anything and she understood 
and would encourage them. 

Julia is survived-by-daugtH 
ters, Carol Sargent and 
Geraldine Reese; a brother 
Vernon Slocum of Gardena, 
California; nine grandchildren; 
1 4 great-grandchildren and one 
great-great-grandchild. She will 
be greatly missed by her family 
and all who knew her. 

Arrangements were made by 
the Bonewell family of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home, a 
Golden Rule Funeral Director. 



Private arrangements were 
Vnade for Frances Clack who 
passed away on Saturday, July 
6, 1996, at her home. She was 
bom in Los Angeles, Califomia, 
in June 1 929. She was an eighth 
generation Califomian and a 
resident of Kemville for the past 
year. 

Frances is survived by her 
husband of 47 years, Richard 
Clack, of Kemville; son and 
daughter-in-law, Robert and 
Margie Clack, of Kemville; son 
and daughter-in-law, John and 
Hope Clack, of Los Angeles; 
and son, Christopher Clack, of 
Texas. 

Her epitaph and eulogy was, 
'She loved and was loved. No 
one could ask for more." 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Edna Marie 
Owens 

Edna Marie Owens entered 
eternal rest at her residence in 
Bodfish on July 7, 1996, at the 
age of 75. She was bom on 
September 13, 1920, to 
Lawrence and Julia Temple in 
Worchester, Massachusetts. 

The family moved to Califor- 
nia when she was five years old 
and she received her schooling 
in the Los Angeles area, gradu- 
ating from Washington High 
School. Edna was employed by 
Ihe Thrifty Drug Stores for 30 
years She was widowed and 
moved to the lake area in 1980 
to be near her only son, Michael 
Scott Owens, of Bodfish. 

Edna dedicated her life to 
being a first class mom. At her 
request, no services were held 
and interment was private. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the care of the 
Bonewell family of Lake Isa- 
beHa Funeral Home, a Golden 
Rule Furteral Director. 



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Robert L. "Buffalo 
Bob" Maughmer 

The life of Robert L. "Buffalo 
Bob" Maughmer was celebrated 
at a memorial service on Tues- 
day, July 1 6. 1 996, at 6:00 p.m. 
on the patio area of the old 
Onyx store on Highway 1 78 in 
Onyx. Pastor John Carpenter of 
the Kernville United Methodist 
Church officiated along with 
many of Bob's friends. A pot- 
luck dinner followed. 

A 10-year Kern River Valley 
resident. Bob was born Febru- 
ary 1 2, 1 940 in Chillicothe, Ohio, 
and passed peacefully from this 
life, surrounded by his wife and 
friends on Thursday evening, 
July 11,1 996, at his home after 
a short but gallant fight with 
cancer. He was a 22-1/2 year 
veteran of the U.S. Navy. 

After moving to the valley in 
1 986, Bob became involved in 
many community -activities:. He 
was an active member and 
served on the board of directors 
of the Wofford Heights Improve- 
ment Group and served as Mar- 
shal of Early California Days. 
He was active in supporting the 
Kid's Fishing Derby and was 
always willing to help any orga- 
nization with different types of 
fund raising or any type of activ- 
ity that would benefit the kids 
anywhere in the Kern River 
Valley. 

Bob is survived ty his wife, 
Sharon, of Onyx; his children, 
Robert Lee of South Carolina; 
Pamela and Penny Lee of North 
Carolina; his step-children, Rob- 
ert Bryson, Steven Bryson and 
Tina Bryson of Virginia; his sis- 
ter, Kathy Perez of Riverside; 
an aunt, Mary Johnson of Ari- 
zona; six grandchildren and a 
host of friends. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial 
donations may be made to the 
Heart House, in care of Bakers- 
field Memorial Hospital, 420 
34th St., Bakersfield, CA 93301 . 

Arrangements entrusted to 
the care of Valley Mortuary of 
Lake Isabella. 



Wednesday, July 17, 1996 



Elizabeth 
Eastenes 

Elizabeth Eastenes, age 75, 
entered into eternal rest on July 
4, 1996. She and her husband 
and their good friends, Wayne 
and Dorothy Weiler, were on a 
trip to Yerington, Nevada, where 
she was stricken by a stroke. 
She was flown to Bakersfield 
' SarrJoaqotnrHdSpftat wlrore she 
passed away. 

She was bom to Ralph and 
Martha Jackson on August 8, 
1920. in Atlanta, Georgia. She 
received her education in At- 
lanta before moving to Los An- 
geles, Califomia, where she met 
Joe Eastenes. The were going 
to visit Atlanta and were mar- 
ried on December 16. 1961 on 
their way. 

After their honeymoon, they 
moved to Inglewood, Califor- 
nia, where she worked for Air 
Research Corporation (now Al- 
lied Signal) and she remained 
there until her retirement in 
1968. She and her husband, 
Joe, came to the lake area in 
1972. 

Joe has known Wayne Weiler 
for 70 years and they were best 
friends; when both Joe and 
Wayne married, their wives be- 
came very close friends also. 
The two couples did most of 
their activities together, hence 
the trip to Yerington. 

Elizabeth was a member of 
TOPS and held the position of 
weight recorder for the organi- 
zation. 

She is survived by her loving 
husband, Joe. She will t>6 greatly 
missed by all who bved and 
knew her. 

No services were held and 
inurnment will be private. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the care of the 
Bonewell family of Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home, a Golden 
Rule Funeral Director. 



Jacqueline Irene 
Grothe 

Jacqueline Irene entered into 
eternal rest on July 2. 19967af 
the Kem Valley Hospital. She 
was 71 years of age. Jacqueline 
was born to Hoilis and Hazel 
Roland in Corning, Iowa on 
November 16, 1925. She re- 
ceived her schooling in Com- 
ing. 

She and Leonard (Lee) 
Grothe were married in Los 
Anqeles, California, in 1 947. Lee 
and Jacqueline moved originally 
to the lake area in 1971 where 
she worked as head cook for 
the Kern Valley Hospital. They 
moved back to the Los Angeles 
area in 1979 where she worked 
as receptionist for the Ventura 
Star Free Press. They returned 
to the valley a few years later 
and remained here. 

Jacqueline was a talented 
artist and loved to paint. She 
was a member of the Art Guild. 
She was a person who was 
always concerned for others and 
throughout her long illness, 
never complained, according to 
long-time friend, Jack Dilley. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Lee; son. John Douglas 
Grothe, of Henderson, Nevada; 
step-daughter Donna Lee 
Bartosch, of Phoenix, Arizona; 
brother John Roland of 
Camarillo, Califomia; and one 
grandchild. 

At her request, no services 
were held. Interment was pri- 
vate. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the care of the 
Bonewell family of Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home, a Golden 
Rule Funeral Director. 



Wednesday, July 24, 1996 



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Virgil E. Kerr 

Virgil E. Kerr, age 76, of 
Rogers, Arkansas, died Thurs- 
day , July 4, 1 996, at Saint Mary's 
Memorial Hospital in Rogers. 
He was born February 20, 1 920 
in Cardwell, Missouri, the son of 
William Thomas Kerr and Mary 
Elizabeth Hagan Kerr. 

He was a carpenter, and 
worked for Lucky Stores in Or- 
ange Coun ty, Calif ornia. He 
moved to Rogers in November 
of 1991 from Lake Isabella. 

He is survived by his wife. 
Wilma, of the home; one son, 
Dennis Kerr, of Hendrix, Okla- 
homa; one daughter, Carol 
Ward, of Temecula, California; 
three stepdaughters, Judy 
Maedgen of Bruceville, Texas; 
Sharon Evans of Riverside, 
Texas; and Debbie Tobial of 
Lake Dallas, Texas; two broth- 
ers. Jay Kerr of Flint, Michigan; 
Billy Joe Kerr of Utah, and one 
beloved sister. Donna Barclay 
of Las Vegas, Nevada; two 
grandsons, Matthew Kerr and 
Gregory Trinkaus; and numer- 
ous step-grandchildren; a dear 
friend, Ray Sanders, of Moun- 
tain Mesa, California. He was 
preceded in death by his first 
wife. Hazel, of 33 years in 1984 
and three brothers, Lyman, 



Homer, and Buck Kerr. 

Funeral services were held 
at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, July 6. 
1996 at the Callison-Lough Fu- 
neral Chapel in Rogers. Inter- 
ment was at the Benton County 
Memorial Park Cemetery. Me- 
morials may be made to the 
American Cancer Society, 
Farmers and Merchants Bank 
C/0 Trish Williams, P.O. Box 
250. Rogers. Arkansas 72757. 



Cora Borgney 
Cooke 

Cora B. Cooke jvas born 
March 28, 1911, irTNorth Da- 
kota to Gust and Mary Fevog. 
She entered into eternal rest on 
July 18, 1996 at her residence 
in Lake Isabella. 

She worked as a hairdresser 
prior to retiring. She moved to 
the Kern River Valley from San 
Gabriel in 1978. She was a 
member of Ladies of the Moose 
and enjoyed dancing until she 
became ill. 

Cora's husband and daugh- 
ter preceded her in death and 
she is survived by her sister. 
Gladys Ross of Lake Isabella, 
and brother Clifford Fevog of 
San Marcos, California. 



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Patricia Jane 
i\/loon 

A memorial service will be 
held Wednesday, July 24, 1 996, 
at 2:00 p.m. at the First Baptist 
Church in Lake Isabella for 
Patricia Jane Moon who entered 
eternal life at her residence in 
Weldon on July 15, 1996. 

Patricia was born on Novem- 
ber 1 8, 1 925 in Milwaukee, Wis- 
consin, to Einar and Martha 
Haug. She received her school- 
ing in Milwaukee and received 
her credentials as Registered 
Nurse at the Milwaukee School 
of Nursing. 

She married Richard Herbert 
Moon on August 7, 1948 in Mil- 
waukee and they moved to 
Southern California in 1959, 
settling in WestXIovina, fot 25 
years, where she woriced as a 
Registered Nurse at the Queen 
of the Valley Hospital. They then 
moved to San Diego and came 
to the Kern River Valley seven 
years ago. 

For the past 12 years, she 
and Herbert were missionaries 
in Kenya and other parts of East 
Africa. Patricia also taught in 
Japan and their last assignment 
was in Mainland China. 

Patricia was a talented artist, 
preferring to paint in oils, but her 
best and favorite hobby was 
that of mother to their seven 
children. 

In addition to her husband 
Richard, Patricia is survived by 
her children James Richard 
Moon of Tiller, Oregon; Charies 
William Moon, Colorado 
Springs, Colorado; Kathleen 
Ann Styffe, San Dimas, Califor- 
nia; Thomas Robert Moon, Alta 
Loma, California; Barbara 
Stieglitz, Santee, California; 
Diane Lynn Long, Bennington, 
Vermont; Stephen John Moon, 
Livermore, California; and their 
families which includes 16 
grandchildren and one great- 
grandchild. 

Patricia was a real inspira- 
tion to all who knew and loved 
her and will be greatly missed. 
Arrangements made by the 
Bonewell Family, Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home; a Golden Rule 
Funeral Director. 



l\/larjory Ethelyn 
Walton 

Marjory Ethelyn Walton, 82, 
entered eternal rest on Thurs- 
day. July 18, 1996 at her home 
in Riverkem with her husband, 
Les, at her side. 

Marjory was bom to Louis 
and Minnie Tyrrel on April 
19,1914 in Los Angeles, Cali- 
fornia. She received her school- 
ing in the Los Angeles area and 
worked as a secretary for the 
Los Angeles City School Dis- 
trict where she met Les Walton. 
They were married in 1 963, and 
became a blended family with 
her children and his children 
merging into one household. 
They immedately became a lov- 
ing, happy family. 

Miliary arid Les did a lot of 

traveling, which she loved, they 
enjoyed many cruises and vis- 
ited New Zealand, Austalia, and 
Alaska, to name a few. she also 
enjoyed boating on the Colo- 
rado River until her health pre- 
vented it. The center of her life 
was Les and their children. Fam- 
ily meant the worid to her. 

In addition to her husband 
Les, Marjory is survived by their 
children, Wayne Dowof Anzona; 
Joan Hatcher. San Gabriel, ' 
California; Jean Paine, River- 
side, California; Fred Dow 
Newhall, California; Jerrie 
McCarthy, Sierra Madre, Cali- 
fornia; Nancy Caduto, Saugus 
California; Leslie Walton, Or- 
egon and Joann Beyer, Seattle, 
Washington. Plus, sister Leone 
Henry of Riverkern and sister- 
in-law Edna Vozza of Palmdale, 
California, and Elsa Schonberg, 
Ukiah, California. Eighteen 
grandchildren; two great-grand- 
children; and many nieces and 
nephews, all of whom will miss 
her greatly. 

At her request, there will be 
no service and interment will be 
private. Arrangements were 
made by the Bonewell Family 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home, A 
Golden Rule Funeral Director. 

William Robert 
Edwards 

Funeral services for William 
Robert Edwards, 67, of Bod- 



fish, was held on Friday, July 
1 9, 1 996, at 1 0:00 a.m. at Shep- 
herd of the Hills Lutheran Church 
in Lake Isabella with Dr. Marvin 
Moon officiating. Interment fol- 
lowed in the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery, Wofford Heights. Bill 
was born August 13, 1928 in 
Adair, Iowa where he resided 
for 27 years. He lived and 
worked the balance of his life in 
Bakersfield and Las Vegas, 
Nevada. He last worked as a 
terminal plant managerforWitco 
Corp. He had resided in Bodfish 
for the last two years. 

Survivors include his wife of 
45 years, Patricia Louise 
Edwards; his two children, Larry 
and Becky Miller, Bill and Sandy 
Edwards, Bob and Kris 
Edwards; grandchildren, Robb 
and Hanah Miller, Sarah, 
Stacey, Shauna and Seth 
Edwards; as well as his broth- 
ers, John and Darwin Edwards 
and his sister, Sharon Edwards. 

Visitation was on Wednes- 
day from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. 
and on Thursday from 10 a.m. 
until 8 p.m. at Valley Mortuary in 
Lake Isabella. 

Arrangements entrusted to 
the care of Valley Mortuary, Lake 
Isabella. 



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Amanda Kaye 
Bivins 

Graveside services were 
held Monday, July 29, 1 996, at 
10:00 a.m. at Kern River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights 
for Amanda Kaye Bivins who 
passed away Wednesday, July 
24. 1996, from complications 
due to an auto accident in June. 
Officiating was Pastor Deryl 
Lackey of Mt. View Southem 
Baptist Church. 

Amanda was txjm Novem- 
ber 18, 1979, in Bakersfield. 
California, and has lived in Kern 
County all her life. She was a 
student at Kem Valley High 
School, and Captain of the 
Cheerleading Squad. She was 
in the FFA and ASB officer and 
Girl's State Delegate and she 
would have been the editor of 
the yearbook. Amanda also 
worked at the Kern Valley Golf 
Course and the Masonic Lodge. 

She is survived by her par- 
ents Gary and Pam Bivins of 
Lake Isabella and her brothers 
Travis and Trevor Bivins, also 
of Lake Isabella; her grandpar- 
ents, Andy and Aria Gibson of 



Lake Isabella and Jim and 
Gloria Bivins of Golden, Colo- 
rado; many aunts and uncles 
and other relatives and friends 
who will miss her greatly. She 
also leaves her dog ,Cupcake. 
and cow, Daisy. 

Arrangements were made 
with Valley Mortuary. 

Iris Evelyn 
Rooney 

Iris Evelyn Rooney, 82, of 
Weldon, entered eternal life at 
1 2:42 p.m. on July 23, 1 996, at 
the Skilled Nursing Center of 
Kem Valley Hospital. Before 
her passing, however, herfam- 
ily had the opportunity to enjoy 
a beautiful dinner with her the 
previous evening. 

She was bom in Oak Creek, 
Arizona, on April 17, 1914, to 
LeRoy and Ellen Dickinson, 
where she received herschool- 
ing. She moved to Jerome, Ari- 
zona and met and married 
Kennard Conway, who pre- 
ceded her in death in 1965. 
They moved to California in 
1 941 and settled in Avalon Vil- 
lage in Wilmington. 

Iris enjoyed a colorful life and 
had various careers. She first 
began wori< as a cosmetolo- 
gist, then during Worid War II 
worthed as a welder in the ship- 
yards, became a butcher in a 
meat mari<et, then was owner 
of a wholesale egg business. 
She has been a resident of the 
Kem River Valley for the past 
20 years. 

She loved to sew and was 
an excellent seamstress. She 
also was a fantastic cook, but 
her favorite and most success- 
ful hobby and her first priority 
was that of being the greatest 
mother, which she was. 

Iris is survived by her son 
Ken and wife Linda of Redondo 
Beach, California; daughter 



Adel Moon and husband Ken 
of Weldon; seven grandchildren 
and nine great-grandchildren. 
Also, sister Betty Dickenson of 
San Bernardino, California, and 
her brother Gene Dickenson of 
Oregon. She will be greatly 
missed by her family and all 
who knew and loved her. 

Funeral services were held 
on Friday, July 26, 1 996, at the 
Rose Chapel at Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home. 

Arrangements made by the 
Boneweil family of Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home, a Golden 
Rule Funeral Director. 

Emma June 
Monninger 

Private family services were 
held for Emma June Monninger, 
71, of Lake Isabella. Mrs. 
Monninger was born in El 
Monte, California, on May 14, 
1925, to Hanna and Chris 
Laursen who came to America 
from Denmari< by way of the 
Panama Canal. June passed 
away on July 18, 1996, at her 
home. 

She was a 1 943 graduate of 
El Monte High School. After 
Worid War II, she met James 
Edward Monninger and they 
were mam"ed in 1947. They 
settled in Glendora, California, 
to raise their daughter, Chris- 
tine. In 1976, Jim and June 
moved to the Kem River Valley 
to wori< as assistant managers 
of the Lazy River Lodge. 

June was preceded in death 
by her husband Jim. She is 
survived by her daughter and 
son-in-law. Christine and Arthur 
Hunter of Weldon; her broth- 
ers, Eddy Laursen and Richard 
Laursen and his wife, Mary; 
and numerous other family 
members. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary of Lake Isabella. 



Dorothy Mary 
Boesen 

Dorothy Boesen entered eter- 
nal life on July 27. 1996, at the 
Kem Valley Hospital. Services 
were held Friday, August 2, 
1 996, at Rose Chapel, Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home at 10:00 
a.m. with Pastor John Carpen- 
ter officiating. A luncheon fol- 
lowed interment at the United 
Methodist Church in Kemville. 

She was bom on January 1 9, 
1914, in Trenton, Missouri, to 
Jess and Maude Hughes, and 
received her schooling there. 
She moved to Long Beach, 
California, in 1940 and worked 
in the shipyards during the Sec- 
ond World War then worked for 
Englander Mattress Company 
as a seamstress before retiring. 
She married Carl Boesen in 
1958 in Las Vegas and they 
moved to the Kern River Valley 
in 1970 where she immediately 
became active in the commu- 
nity. 

Dorothy was a cfiarter mem- 
ber of the Sweet Adelines; Past 
President of the YODs, Order of 
the Golden Slipper a member 
of the Order of eastem Stan 
Past President of the Grand- 
mothers Club, and Past Presi- 
dent of United Methodist 
Women. She also was a mem- 
ber of the Wofford Heights Im- 
provement Group and in 1972 
was co-chairman of the WHIGs 
annual Early Califomia Days. 
Dorothy was an excellent seam- 
stress and enjoyed oil painting 
and many crafts. 

In addition to her husband 
Carl, Dorothy leaves son Bob 
Goodioe and wife Bartiara of 
Phelan, Califomia; daughter Ro- 
rence Pettigrew and husband 
Howard of Lucerne Valley, Cali- 
fomia. Her son Gerry Goodioe 
and daughter Carlene Payton 
preceded her in death. She also 
leaves brother Mark Hughes of 
Kernville and sister Emma 
Stuffman of Fallbrook, Califor- 
nia; 12 grandchildren, 10 great- 
grandchildren and one great- 
great-grandchild. 

Dorothy's boundless energy 
and contributions to the Kern 
River Valley will be greatly 
missed. Arrangements were 
made by the Bonewell family of 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home, a 
Golden Rule Funeral Director. 



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Ivy Gladys Davis 

Ivy Gladys Davis, age 92, 
entered eternal rest on Thurs- 
day, May 30, 1 996, at her home 
in Kent, England. Ivy was bom 
the eldest of eight children on 
August 22, 1903 in London, 
England and came to the United 
States in 1 958 to join two of her 
children. She lived and worked 
in the Northern Los Angeles 
County area for approximately 
1 years. Ivy moved to Wofford 
Heights in 1968 and lived here 
for six years. 

In 1 974, Ivy returned to En- 
gland to be close to her remain- 
ing brothers until she passed 
away. While living in Wofford 
Heights, Ivy was always help- 
ing others. She belonged to the 
Dorcas Society, associated with 
the Lutheran Church when it 
was still in Kernville. 

Her biggest accomplishment 
was in the fundraising for the 
building of the St. Peter's Epis- 
copal Church on Sien-a Way in 
Kernville. Before leaving for 
England, Ivy was privileged to 
have nailed the building permit 
to a post where the church now 
stands. ^ . ^ 

While visiting Ivy in England, 
her last request was for her son, 
David Davis, to bring her home 
with him. It is done! A memorial 
service will be held at 9:30 a.m., 
Saturday, August 10. 1996. at 
St. Peter's Episcopal Church in 
Kemville. Father Bob Woods 
will officiate with intenment fol- 
lowing in the Kem River Valley 
Cemetery, Wofford Heights. 

Ivy is survived by her three 
children. George Davis of En- 
gland; Doreen Pontius of Grants 
Pass, Oregon; and David Davis 
of Wofford Heights; her brother 
David in England; her eight 
grandchildren and six great- 
grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial 
donations may be made to the 
St. Francis Hospice in Kent. 
England, c/o Valley Mortuary, 
P.O. Box E. Lake Isabella, CA 
93240. 

Arrangements entrusted to 
the care of Valley Mortuary, Lake 
Isabella. 



Shigeo Tagami 

Memorial arrangements were 
made for Shigeo Tapam. who 
passed away July 25. 1996, a^ 
Rfs home in Mt. Mesa. Mr 
Tagami was born Septernber 
14. 1913, in San Pedro, Cahfor- 

"'^1e was a commercial fisher- 
man for over 20 years. He loved 
S play She guitar and garden- 
ng He has been a resident of 

the Kem River Valley for 22 

^® h1" is survived by his son 
Gray Tagami of San Pedro. 
daSghterAyaDinningofRolhng 

Hills Estates; granddaughter 
ffio^nW-sislerKaySatoof 

Lomita. California 

Intemient will be at Green 
Hills Memorial Park m San 

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tuary. 



Lena Mae Edwards 

Graveside services will be 
held for Lena Mae Edwards at 
10:00 a.m.. Saturday, August 
10 1996, at the Kem Valley 
Cemetery. Officiating will be 
Pastor Floyd R. Castillo of High- 
land Chapel UMC 

Lena Mae was born on Octo- 
ber 11. 1948. in Los Angeles. 
She spent most of her life in the 
Kern River Valley and attended 
high school here. She mamed 
Benny Edwards on December 
18 1965. at the Highland 
Chapel. Lena passed away in 
Bakersfield on June 26. 1996. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Benny Edwards, of Lake 
Isabella; daughters Gina Chris- 
tina and Linda Edwards, both ot 
Lake Isabella; sisters Jeannie 
Tate and Mary Cullen. both of 
Bakersfield; brothers Gary Tho- 
mas of Bodfish and Robert 
Cullen of Bakersfield; and her 
mother. Anna Inez Thomas of 
Bakersfield. 



Mary Adaline 
Pickard 

Funeral services were held 
Tuesday, August 6, 1996, at 
10:00 a.m. at Georae Price Fu- 
neral Home in LevelTand, Texas, 
for Mary Adaline Pickard of Lake 
Isabella, who went home to be 
with the Lord on July 31 , 1 996, 
in Mt. Mesa, California. 

Mary was born on November 
1 1 , 1 91 5 in Menio, Georgia, and 
moved to California in 1945 
when she got married to Jo- 
seph Pickard. They lived there 
until 1952 and while there she 
worked for the American Red 
Cross. The n they moved to 
Levelland, Texas where sfieandT 
her husband were farmers for 
over 40 years. She also worked 
for the Deputy County Clerk's 
office and was a member of the 
Park Drive Baptist Church. She 
has lived in Lake Isabella for the 
past two years and been a mem- 
ber of the Mt. View Southern 
Baptist Church in Lake Isabella. 

She is survived by her sisters 
Clyde Hennen and Wilma 
Walker of Lake Isabella; her 
brother Paul Thacker of Harbor 
City; sister Zella Boulden of 
Tehachapi; brother Robert 
Thacker of Richland Hills, 
Texas; 1 1 nieces and nephews 
and many friends. She will be 
missed by all. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Ronald L Rubiy 

Funeral services for Ronnie, 
age 51, were held Friday, July 
19, 1996, at 10 a.m. at the First 
Church of the Nazarene and 
graveside services followed at 
Hillcrest Memorial Park in 
Bakersfield. Ronnie was pre- 
ceded in death by his parents, 
Al and Kathryn Rubiy. Flonnie is 
survived by his devoted and lov- 
ing wife Dee Anna Rubiy; daugh- 
ters Ronda Brashear and 
Stacey Rubiy; son-in-law, Mike 
Brashear; grandson Trevor 
Brashear; sisters Jody Jones, 
Linda Undenvood and Ellen Gill; 
brothers-in-law John Jones and 
Gregory Gill. He is also sur- 
vived by a host of other relatives 
and friends. 

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Wayne Leroy 
Barnes 

Memorial services were held 
for Wayne Leroy Barnes who 
passed a way on July 26, 1996, 
at his home in Montrose, Colo- 
rado. 

Wayne was bom on Decem- 
ber 30, 1933 in Bolivar, New 
York, and raised and schooled 
in Long Beach, Califomia. He 
lived in the Kem Valley for 22 
years with his wife Ann and 
seven children where he worked 
for Cal Gas. The past 23 years 
they lived in Colorado with most 
of his free time spent hunting 
and fishing and building their 
getaway cabin in the mountains 
high atfove Montrose. Wayne 
was very close to his family and 
always had children and grand- 
children over for barbecues and 
get-togethers. 

He was preceded in death by 
his son, Bobby Barnes; mother 
Gladys Barnes and father 
Harold Bames. Survivors in- 
clude his wife Ann; sons Donald, 
Jimmy and wife Pam of 
Montrose; Gary and wife Cheryl 
of Auburn, Washington; Steven 
of Durango, Colorado; daugh- 
ters Pamela of San Diego; 
PatricjaJRocha and husband 
Max of Moritrose; 16 grandchil- 
dren; brother and sister-in-law, 
Ralph and Jean Bames of Lodi; 
and sister and brother-in-law 
Lois and Bob Crowder of 
Bakersfield and Kemville; and 
many, many friends. 

Wayne will be greatly missed 
by all. 

Ann Marie Holt 

Private memorial services 
have been arranged for Ann 
Marie Holt, a 1 9-year resident 
of Kernville. She passed away 
on July 25, 1996 at the City of 
Hope Hospital. She was bom 
on February 6, 1940, in Long 
Beach, California. 

Surviving relatives include 
her mother Jo Boderman of 
Harbour City, Califomia; chil- 
dren Robert Hollis and his fam- 
ily of Bodfish; Jerry Hollis and 
family of Rosamond, Califomia; 
Belinda Deible and family and 
Lake Isabella; Larry Hollis and 
family of Spokane, WasNng- 
ton; and her brother Herk 
Bodermann of San Pedro, Cali- 
fomia. 



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Wednesday, August?, 1996 



Agnes Margaret 
Bulger 

Agnes Margaret Bulger, 
daughter of Appalonia and 
Sebastian Hoffman was bom 
and raised in North Braddock, 
Pennsylvania. She entered into 
eternal rest on July 29, 1 996. 
She married Bernard Bulger of^ 
Rumford, Maine, 50 years ago" 
this year at Mission San 
Buenaventura, Ventura, Califor- 
nia. 



They lived in Detroit, Michi- 
gan, from 1947 to 1958 where 
Agnes was active at St. 
Philamena's Church, in 1958, 
they retumed to Califomia where 
Agnes began her 20 year em- 
ployment with GTE in Oxnard. 
She was an active member of 
the Communication Wori<ers of 
America and the Legion of Mary 
at Santa Clara Church. 

After retirement, they moved 
to Lake Isabella. They traveled 
in their fifth wheel, making many 
trips across the country. Agnes 
loved crafts and particulariy 
enjoyed ceramics and quilting. 
Services were held on July 
31, 1996. at St. Jude Catholic 
Church, with Father Charies 
Casale attending. Special at- 
tendants included Lazarus Min- 
istry, Holy Name Society, the 
Altar-Rosary Society and the 
Rev. Robert A. Brown O.S.F.S. 
.Qf_St. John Newman Church in 
Reston. Virginia. 

Agnes is survived by her hus- 
band Bernard; her daughter 
Sandra; three grandchildren, 
John Jr., Caryn and Michael of 
Hemdon, Virginia; and a brother 
Donald of North Braddock, 
Pennsylvania. 

Arrangements were made by 
the Bonewell family of Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home, a Golden 
Rule Funeral Director. 



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Wednesday, August 7, 1996 



Myrtle Lurene 
Matheny 

Myrtle Lurene Matheny en- 
tered eternal rest on July 26, 
1 996. She was 92 years of age. 
Myrtle was born in Taylor Ridge, 
Ohio, on Julys, 1 904, to Charfes 
and Elizabeth Robinett. Her 
husband, Ivan, preceded her in 
death several years ago. 

She worked many years for 
the May Company stores. Myrtle 
resided many years in Lake 
Elsinore and was a long time 
member of the First Baptist 
Church there. She moved to 
Bakersfield and was a resident 
of Redwood Village Oaks. Just 
a short while ago she relocated 
the valley to be near her daugh- 
ter, Jean. 

Myrtle loved doing handiwork 
such as knitting, crochet and 
tatting, but her particular enjoy- 
ment came from her garden. 

A memorial service will be 
held for Myrtle at the Oakwood 
Cemetery in Chatsworth at a 
later date. 

In addition to her daughter, 
Jean Louise Aubuchon, otWof- 
ford Heights, Myrtle is survived 
by a son Larry Marlow Matheny 
or Lake Elsinore; her grandchil- 
dren Tom Matheny, Brad 
Matheny, Karl Bachman, Lauri 
Bell, Roger Aubuchon, and 
Joyce Tucker, 14 great-grand- 
children, and eight great-great- 
grandchildren. 

Arrangements made by the 
Bonewell family of Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home, a Golden 
Rule Funeral Director. 



Wednesday, August 14, 1996 



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Cecil Clem 
Sandifur 

Cecil Sandifur was bom in 
Urbana, Illinois, to Claude and 
Lillian Sandifur on April 23, 1 908. 
He entered into rest on August 8, 
1 996, at the Kern Valley Hospital. 

He received his early educa- 
tion in Hollywood, California, 
graduating from Hollywood High 
School and attending college at 
U.C.LA. All of his family were in 
the field of education. His father 
was the Principal of North Holly- 
wood High School in North Holly- 
wood, Califomia, from 1929 to 
1941. 

Cecil married his wife, Mabel, 
in 1959. She preceded him in 
death on April 28 of this year. 

He had many hidden talents. 
Among them he was handy at 
carpentry, plumbing and electri- 
cal work. He would tackle and 
complete any work he had a mind 
to do. 

Sen/ices were held at the Rose 
Chapel of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home on Tuesday, August 
13. 1996. at 10 a.m. with flev. 
John Carpenter of the Kemville 
Methodist Church officiating. 

Cecil is sun^ved by his son 
Tom Sandifur of Hawthorne, Cali- 
fornia; Joanne Sandifur of 
Rathdmm, Idaho; Donna Hoegee 
and Loraine Sartoris, both of 
Lake Isabella; sister Ruth Neeley 
of Wofford Heights; sister-in-law 
Lillian Jamison of Lake Isabella; 
as well as many friends in the 
valley. 

He will be greatly missed by all 
who knew and loved him. 



Services were entrusted to the 
Bonewell family of Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Director. 

Myrtle Lurene 
Matheny 

Myrtle Lurene Matheny en- 
teredetemalreston July 26, 1996. 
She was 92 years of age. Myrtle 
was bom in Taylor Ridge, Ohio, 
on July 5, 1904, to Charies and 
Elizabeth Robinett Her husband, 
Ivan, preceded her in death sev- 
eral years ago. Her son, Robert, 
also preceded her in death. 

She wortted many years for 
the May Company stores. Myrtle 
resided many years in Lake 
Elsinore and was a long time 
member of the First Baptist 
Church there. She moved to 
Bakersfield and was a resident of 



Redwood Village Oaks. Just a 
short while ago she relocated the 
valley to be near her daughter, 
Jean. 

Myrtle loved doing handiwork 
such as knitting, crochet and tat- 
ting, but her particular enjoyment 
came from her garden. 

A memorial service will be held 
for Myrtle at the Oakwood Cem- 
etery in Chatsworth at a later date. 

In addition to her daughter, 
Jean Louise Aubuchon. of Wof- 
ford Heights, Myrtle is sun^ved 
by a son Larry Mariow Matheny 
of Lake Elsinore; daughter-in-law 
Jeanne Matheny; son-in-law 
Roger Aubuchon; her grandchil- 
dren Tim Matheny, Brad Matheny. 
Karl Bachman, Lauri Bell, Roger 
Aubuchon. and Joyce Tucker, 1 4 
great-grandchildren, and eight 
great-great-grandchildren. 

Anangements made by the 

Bonewell family of Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Director. 

Betty Jo Erickson 

Betty Jo Erickson, age 66, 
passed away at the hospital on 
August 3, 1996. Memorial ser- 
vices were held for her on August 
9 1996, at Greenlawn Mortuary 
iri Southwest Bakersfield with 
Greg Berry officiating. She was 
cremated. ^ ^ .. 

She was bom on February 28, 
1930, in Newton. Kansas. 

AKemville resident for the past 
two years. Betty is sun/ived by 
her husband of 48 years. Charies 
E. Erickson, aswellasherdaugh- 
ter Jan Mazzowe and sister Ha- 
zel Erickson. 



Wednesday, August 21, 1996 



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Larry as a teenager. 

Lawrence Larry 
Irving "Fin" Findly 

Larry was born to William and 
Sarah Findley on November 22, 
1933, in Bell, California. He en- 
tered into rest on August 1 1 . 1 996, 
at the age of 62. 

Services were held in the Rose 
Chapel of the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home on Agust 1 4, 1 996, at 
10:00 a.m. with Pastor Mike Ire- 
land, of the Landmark Missionary 
Baptist Church of Lake Isabella, 
officiating. 

In the 1 940's, Larry graduated 
from Orion High School where he 
was active in the FFA as well as 
football. Larry helped his family 
run the ranch which they owned 
in Shasta mountains. After high 



school, Larry joined the service 
arid fought for his country in the 
Korean conflict. In the mid-50's 
he returned to Southern Califor- 
nia. During the next seven years, 
Larry worked at various aircraft 
industries whileattehding college 
at U.C.L.A. In 1961 he was mar- 
ried and went on to graduate with 
a PhD in Geology and Paleontol- 
ogy. He spent the next 20 years 
raising his family of three, and 
building his career in the motion 
picture industry at the studios in 
Burbank, California. 

He moved to the Kern Valley 
area in 1982 hoping to fulfill his 
dream of geology and mining. In 
1990 he married Tern Wilson, a 
long-time Kern Valley resident, 
and spent the next six years de- 
voting his time to her, and her 
daughter Becky, as well as to his 
mining projects. In February of 
this year, Larry had the privilege 
of walking Becky down tne aisle. 
He enriched his family's lives as 
well as all who knew and loved 
him. He will be greatly missed by 
his family and friends. 

Services were entrusted to the 
Bonewell family of the Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home, a Golden 
Rule Funeral Director. 

Lonzo Adams 

Graveside serves for Lonzo 
Adams, 74, of Bakersfield were 
held on Tuesday, August 13, 
1996, at 10:00 a.m. in the Kern 
RiverValley Cemetery with Kem- 
ville Lodge #872 F. & A.M. offici- 
ating. The Funeral Master was 



Dale Yeargan; Chaplain, Peter 
Nyhuis; and the eulogy was given 
by Tom McKinney. 

Lonzo was bom May 29, 1 922, 
in Russellville, Aricansas and af- 
ter 32 years service with Souttv 
em Califomia Edison, he moved 
to Wofford Heights. In 1995, he 
and his wife moved to Bakersfield 
where he resided until his death. 
He was a Shriner and a mem- 
ber of the Kemville Lodge #872, 
F. & A.M. Lonzo also enjoyed 
hunting and fishing. 

Survivors include his wife of 
54 years, Mattie B. Adams, of 
Bakersfield; a son, Lonnie Lee 
Adams of Kemville; and a daugh- 
ter, Beverly Jean Adams of 
Bakersfield; and his grandson, 
Brian Roth, of Morro Bay, Califor- 
nia. 

Visitation was held on Mon- 
day, August 12, 1996. from 9:00 
a.m. until 5:00 p.m. at Valley 
Mortuary. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary of Lake Isabella. 



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Wednesday, August 21, 1996 



Wayne Baird 

Graveside services were held 
Friday, August 16, 1996, at 
Greenlawn Memorial Park in 
Bakersfield, California, for Wayne 
Baird, who passed away August 
10. 1996, in Tulare, California. 
Wayne was bom February 22, 
1933, in Barstow, Califomia, and 
lived in Bakersfield until he moved 
to Kemville in 1980 as Postmas- 
ter of the Kemville Post Office. 

Wayne was very active in the 
Kemville Lion's Club sen/ing as 
president and it was through his 
efforts that Lion's Club Bingo was 
started. He was a member of the 
Kemville Chamber of Commerce 
,ar\d was a iMnaajaller for the 
Chamber and also for the Lion's 
Club. 

Due to ill health, he was forced 
to retire from the post office in 
1 986 and moved back to Bakers- 
field in 1990. Wayne spent the 
last year-and-a-half living in 
Tulare, Califomia, with his daugh- 
ter, Terry, who cared for him. 

Wayne was a loving husband 
and father and will be greatly 
missed by his family. He is sur- 
vived by his wife Kathey in Bakers- 
field; his son Patrick and daugh- 
ters Deanna Baird and Terry 
Steverson in Tulare; three step- 
children Scot Ritcraft, Deborah 
Long in Bakersfield and Pam 
Buenaventura in Redmond, 
Washington. Grandchildren in- 
clude Shaun. Shannon, Tracy, 
Amanda, Christopher, Brenda, 
Jason. Ricky, Christina, Felicia 
and a very special granddaugh- 
ter Jillynn Long. He is also sur- 
vived by his brother Patrick and 
sister Deana Baird of Bakersfield 
and one uncle Dean Baird. 

Contributions in his memofv 
may be made to the United 
Sinson Foundation 833 West 

Washington Blvd., Chicago, Illi- 
nois 60607. 




William Harmon 
"Bill" Simpson, Jr. 

Services were held in 
Greenlawn Memorial Chapel, 
3700 River Blvd., Thursday. Au- 
gust 15, 1996, at 1:30 p.m. for 
William Harmon "Biir Simpson, 
Jr., age 75, who passed away on 
August 12, 1996, in Bakersfield. 
Pastor Cecil Pari<er will officiate. 
Full military honors at graveside 
by Kem County Veterans Asso- 
ciation. 

Bill was txjm on December 20, 
1 920, in Kansas City, Kansas and 
resided in Lake Isabella. Bill 
-served in tf»e U.S. AnnyTlaring 
Worid War II. He retired in 1983 
from Schlitz Brewers where he 
wori<ed as a bottler for 16 years. 
He was a lifetime member of the 
VFW Post #2323 in Granada Hills 
and Eagles Lodge in Mt. Mesa. 

He was preceded in death by 
his son Rooert and brother Lee, 
both in 1993. Survivors include 
his wife Ariene Simpson of Lake 
Isabella; daughter Dian Snider of 
Bakersfield; daughter Patty 
Meyers of San Jose; five grand- 
children; four great-grandchil- 
dren; brother Raymond Simpson 
of Arkansas and sister lona 
Crookshank of Ventura and nu- 
merous nieces and nephews and 
a host of dear friends. 
Casketbearers were Mark 
Simpson, Mitchell Turner, Greg 
Gause, Kent Bush, Steve Gause 
and Randy Wentling. Visitation 
begins today at 12:00 p.m. 

Greenlawn Mortuary Funeral 
Directors 



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Wednesday, August 28, 1996 



Obituaries 



Vesta Elizabeth 
Cicotte 

Graveside services were held 
Thursday August 23, 1996 at 10:00 
AM at Kern River Valley Cemetery 
for Vesta Elizabeth Cicotte of Lake 
Isabella. Officiating was Pastor 
David Snow of the First Baptist 
Church of Lake Isabella. Vesta was 
born December 27,1905 in 
Wewoka, Oklahoma and passed 
away August 19, 1996 in Lancaster, 
Califomia after a long illness. 

She has been a resident of the 
Kern River Valley for the last 44 
years. She was a member of the 
Rrst Baptist Church of Lake Isa- 
bella. She was known as 'Aunt Bill" 
by her family and Vesta by her 
friends. She was preceded in death 
by her husband in 1978. She is 
survived by her many nieces and 
nephews in Oklahoma, Oregon and 
Califomia, also many grand nieces 
and nephews and great nieces and 
nephews. She will be missed by all 
Arrangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary of Lake Isabella. 

Herman C. Lendway 

Funeral arrangements have 
been made for Herman C. Lendway 
of Walker Basin who passed away 
August 23, 1996 in Mt. Mesa, Cali- 
fomia after a long illness. He was 99 
years of age. He was bom in Hun- 
gary Febaiary 5, 1897. 

Herman was a WWI veteran and 
a member of the Vets of WWI in 
Bakersfield. He was a carpenter 
and jack-of-all-trades most of his 
life. He is survived by his son and 



daughter-in-law, Herman and Jen- 
nie Lendway, Jr. of Palmdale; son 
John Lendway of Palmdale; and 
daughter Pat Hillis of Walker Basin; 
several grandchikJren, and great- 
grandchildren; sisters Edith Booty 
and Elizabeth Kamreth, both of Min- 
nesota. 

He was preceded in death by his 
wife Francis, son Ralph and daugh- 
ter Gloria. 

A memorial service will be held 
at a later date. 

Arrangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary of Lake Isabella. 

James Harrison 
Crow 

James Hamson Crow peacefully 
passed away on Aug 22. 1996 at 
the age of 87. Jim was retired from 



the Naval Ordinance Test Station in 
China Lake in 1969. He livedin the 
house he built, in Kemville since 
1953. Jim was a veteran of Worid 
War II. He loved the outdoors, fish- 
ing, and was an accomplished 
craftsman. Jim was preceded in 
death by his wife of 49 years, 
Constance Athina Crow. James and 
Connie were members of the Kem- 
ville Methodist Church. 

Jim leaves his only son, James 
Harvey Crow and wife Karen; two 
loving granddaughters. Cassadi & 
Ericka; his friends J.B. and Beverly 
Edmiston; a beloved niece, Wilma 
Hamngton and hersons; his brother, 
Lavem (Pof1() Crow; brother and 
sister-in-law, Merie and Christina 
Meed; and brother-in-law Pete 
Panarites. 

Jim was a kind man with many 
ot her frien ds and loved ones. Mr^ 
Crow will be laid to rest atlhe Kem 
Valley Cemetery on August 29 at 1 1 
AM. 

Arrangements through Valley 
Mortuary of Lake Isabella. 

Jim lived a full and rich life, do not 
mourn for him as we are celebrating 
his passing into the arms of the 
Lord. 




Myrtle Marie 
Teasdale Houston 

Myrtle Marie Teasdale Houston, 
known by most as "Grandnfia," t)om 
May 26. 1905. in Hocidng, Iowa, 
went to heaven on August 28, 1 996. 
There will be a celebration of her 
life, followed by dinner, on Septem- 
ber 13, 1996, at 2:00 p.m., at the 
home of her daughter, Phyllis M. 
Hix, with whom she resided for the 
past several years, at 316 Rio del 
Loma, Kemville. Pastor John Car- 
penter of the Kemville United Meth- 
odist Church will officiate at the 
Celebration of Life and Kern River 
Valley Chapter No. 643, Order of 
the Eastern Star, Sue McKinney, 
Grand Conductress of the Grand 
Chapter of California, Past Matron, 
Kem River Valley presiding. All 
Grandma's friends and family are 
invited to share this day. There will 
be a wake in her honor from 7:00 
p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on September 
12, 1996, at the house. 

Myrtle Teasdale was bom in a 
coal mining company town to Alice 
and Thompson Teasdale, the old- 
est of five children. As the oldest, it 
was her task to help her mother 
care for the others and clothe and 
feed her father and brothers fe^ 
their work in the coal mines. She 
loved school, and to read. She 
graduated Valedictorian of her class 
in 1 923 from the Novinger, Missouri 
High School. She attended one year 
of college at Northeast Missouri 
Teachers College, then met the 
man she was married to for over 50 
years. Hyle Leon Houston, who died 
in 1977. 

Although deaf since age 20, most 
people were unaware of that, due to 
her great determination to partici- 
pate cheerfully and fully in all of life's 
activities. A Christian, her deep faith 
saw her through many challenges. 
In a time when "deaf usually meant 
"dumb" to most, she became a suc- 
cessful business woman owning 
and operating many farms and other 



ywjymi Ilea eii lu uuaii lobaos «viu 1 1 loi 

husband in Iowa and Missouri. To- 
gether, as a team, they began the 
"Stop and Shop - Open 24 Hours" 
produce markets and the first su- 
permari<et chain in the mid-west, 
the lAMO Stores. In her "retirement" 
years, and until age 84, she was a 
full time bookkeeper for her 
daughter's law firm in San Marino, 
California. She loved going to work 
each day, and, at that stage of her 
life, being "one of the giris" at the 
firm! 

They had two children, Patricia 
Lou, who died as an infant, and 
Phyllis M. Hix, of Kemville, Califor- 
nia. 

The Houston team supported 
many families and friends over the 
years, from the Depression on, with 
Its Christian love and support, 
clothes, jobs to those considered 
unhireable in that period, resources, 
food. Grandma was always the one 
to quietly arrive, assess vne needs, 
and fulfill them, then just as quietly 
go home. She was a leader, yet 
chose not to be an officer in her 
groups because of her deafness. In 
all groups she was the Hostess, the 
reader of poems, the Inspirational 
Chairperson, head of the kitchen 
detail. She worked, always the 
proper lady, with a smile, purpose- 
hilly in her gentle, silent worid. She 
never complained, always praised 
and held to her faith. She never 
swore, never spoke judgmentally or 

with nastiness of anyone, and from 
her youth folkwed her family and 
Methodist traditions of woriang to 
fiercely protect the rights of the less 
fortunate, then later, her Eastern 
Star traditions of extended family 
love. , _^ 

She was gentle, kind, calm. She 
accepted everyone for who and what 
they were. Grandma never met a 
stranger. She toved a party - espe- 
cially her own birthday parties in 
recent years as she admitted, as 
the oldest child in a modest family, 
she had never had a birthday party 
given for her as a child. 

Hurtle loved and supported her 
entire family unconditionally and 
doted on her grandchildren, Stacy 
Marie Hix of Kemville, California, 
and Jeffrey David Hix of Atlanta. 
Georgia. She is sun/ived by them; 
her daughter Phyllis M. Hix of Kem- 
ville, California; a brother. Tucker 
Teasdale of Goindy Center. Iowa; 
and dozens of other relatives and 
friends, all of whom will recall her 
with warmth and a smile. 

Interment will be on September 
28, 1996, at Fainriew Cemetery in 
Madrid. Iowa. 



Wednesday, September 4, 1996 



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Francis Harry 
Austin 

A Mass for Christian burial was 
held Tuesday, August 27. 1996, at 
8-30 a.m. at St. Jude Parish Catho- 
lic Church in Wofford Heights for 
Francis Harry Austin of Lake Isa- 
bella, Califomia. Officiating was Rev. 
Father Charies Casale. 

Mr. Austin was bom on April 15, 
1914 in Lynn, Massachusetts and 
passed away on August 20, 1996, 
in Mt. Mesa. Califomia. He has been 
a resident of the Kem River Valley 



for15years^ He was a mernber ot 
the Hospital Auxiliary for six years. 
Mr. Austin also worked as a volun- 
teer at the hospital. He was always 
helping people. He also loved gar- 
dening. He was a member of St. 
Jude Parish Catholic Church. 

Sun/ivors include his daughters 
Florence Vallejo of Newport Beach; 
Linda Webber of Klamath Falls, 
Oregon; sons Tim Austin of Long 
Beach and Michael Draconiis of 
Lake Isabella; also two grandchil- 
dren. He will be missed by his family 
and many friends. 

Arrangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary. 

Juanita Louise 
Fletclier 

Funeral services were held on 
August 27, 1996, at Kem Valley 
Cemetery for Juanita Louise 
Fletcher. Louise was born in 
Seymour, Texas on December 5. 
1926, and was a resident of the 
Kem River Valley since 1970. Mrs. 
Retcher was an elementary school 
teacher at Woodrow Wallace El- 
ementary School for 15 years. She 
will be remembered fondly by her 
many friends and fomner students 
in the valley. 

She is survived by her husband 
of 52 years, James Dennis Fletcher; 
daugnter Susan Hanis of Lake Isa- 
bella; daughter Lana Patton of 
Tustin; grandchildren Christie, Julie, 
Cariee, Jesse, James; great-grand- 
child Sean and niece Patricia, along 
with many other loved ones. 

Louise was a wonderful and lov- 
ing wife, mother, grandmother and 
teacher. She will be missed deariy 

bvall. 

Anangements by Valley Mortuary. 



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Elsie Luella Snyder 

Graveside services were held 
Friday, September 1 , 1996, at 9:30 
a.m. at Kern River Valley Cemetery 
for Elsie Luella Snyder of Kemville. 
Officiating was Pastor John Car- 
penter of the Kemville United Meth- 
odist Church. Elsie was bom on 
May 5, 1923 in Indianapolis, Indi- 
ana and passed away on August 
31, 1996, in Mt. Mesa, Califomia. 

She has been a resident of the 
Kern River Valley for the past 1 7 
years. She was a member of the 
Historical Society, Women of the 
Moose and the VFW Auxiliary. She 
was also very active at the Lake 
Isabella Senior Center. Elsie was 
known for her dancing and she loved 
her family and friends, antiques, her 
home and garden and the river. 

Elsie is survived by her son 
James Snyder of Kemville; her 
daughters, Sandra Morley of 
Westwood, California; Judith 
Snyder of Quincy, Califomia; and 
Sue Snyder of Reno, Nevada; also 
seven grandchildren. She will be 
missed by all. 

An-angements by Valley Mortu- 
ary. 

Dorothy Dean 
Young 

Dorothy Dean Young entered 
eternal life on September 3, 1996. A 
memorial service was held on Sat- 
urday, September 7, 1996, at the 
Weldon United Methodist Church 
where she had been a member 
since the 1980's. 

She was bom in Okarche, Okla- 
homa, to Martin and Mamie Hamm 
on September 17,1 925. At the age 
of 18, Dorothy moved to the Los 
Angeles area with her family. She 
began working in the meat packing 
industry in Vernon, California, at an 
early age and retired from that in- 
dustry after 42 years. After moving 
to the Lake Isabella area 13 years 
ago, she worked for the Sprouse- 
Reitz store in Lake Isabella and ttie 
James Station in Southlake. She 
was a member of the VFW, Eagles 
and the Moose Lodges. 

Dorothy leaves her husband of 
30 years, John, and her only child, 
Martin J. Sauber; two grandchil- 
dren, April Long and Chris Sauber; 
two great-grandchildren; twin 
brother Donald Hamm and wife 
Lillian; brother Marvin Hamm and 



wife Vivian; her sister Juanita 
Gaubert and husband Alonzo; be- 
loved nieces, LaVonne Miller, Elaine 
Austin, Carolyn Young, Dorothy Ann 
Pyle, Marvena Rainwater, and 
Wanda Hamm; nephew Edward 
Hamm and several grand-nieces 
and nephews. Dorothy's brother 
Luther Hamm and nephews Myrle 
Hamm and Leon Hamm have pre- 
ceded her in death. 

She is now in heaven and rejoic- 
ing with God. The family thanks all 
of her friends for the care and love 
you showed during her long illness. 

Arrangements were made by the 
Bonewell family of Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home, a Golden Rule Fu- 
neral Director. 

Ruth DeVere Kraus 

A graveside service was held for 
Ruth DeVere Kraus on Tuesday, 
September 1 0, 1 996, at 1 :00 p.m. at 
ttie Kem Valley Cemetery who en- 
tered eternal life on August 30, 1 996. 

Ruth was bom on June 1 0, 1 927, 
in Hatton, North Dakota, where she 
received her schooling. She moved 
to California in the 1950s and in 
1955, man-ied Edward Kraus in Las 
Vegas, Nevada. Ruth was an ac- 
countant at U.S. Fidelity and Guar- 
anty for 24 years. The moved to the 
lake area in 1989, settling in Bod- 
fish. 

She was a loving outgoing per- 
son whose unique personality was 
enjoyed by all who knew and loved 
her. She and Edward often traveled 
to Laughlin with their friends for fun. 
Ruth loved animals and enjoyed 
catsitting for her neighbor. 

Ruth is survived by her husband, 
Edward Joseph Kraus; and her 
brother Ronald Norgaard, of 
Stillwater, Oklahoma. 

Services were provided by the 
Bonewell family of Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home, a Golden Rule Fu- 
neral Director. 

Serena Campbell 

Serena Campbell, age 95, en- 
tered into eternal rest on Septem- 
ber 3, 1996. She was bom in Nor- 
folk, England, on May 17, 1901, to 
Robert and Maryann Scarborough. 

In 1911, she and her family 
moved to Toronto, Canada. She 
came to the United States in 1934, 
settling in the Los Angeles area. 
Serena worked for McDonnell Dou- 
glas Aircraft in assembly for many 



years and came to the lake area in 
1972. She was a very active mem- 
ber of the First Baptist Church in 
Lake Isabella, a member of the 
Grandmothers Club, and enjoyed 
serving in any way she could. 
Serena received great joy in her 
crochet wori< and in giving her beau- 
tiful creations to others as gifts. A 
tribute to her was shown in the 
corsages worn by many of her 
friends at her funeral service which 
were hand crocheted by Serena. 

Services were held at the First 
Baptist Church of Lake Isabella on 
Thursday, September 5, 1996, at 
1 :30 p.m. Private interment will be 
at Inglewood Cemetery in Los An- 
geles. 

Serena is survived by her grand- 
son Sonny Kinne, with whom she 
lived; granddaughters Sharon Kinne 
of Norwalk, California; Linda 
Quemada of Los Alamitos, Califor- 
nia; Serena Sisk of Lakewood, Cali- 
fomia; and Mary Pacheco of Lake 
Isabella; and eight great-grandchil- 
dren. Her only child, Ethel Kinne 
preceded her in death in 1992 and 
husband Edwin Wright in 1966 as 
well as Fred Campbell in 1981. 

She was a true example of Chris- 
tian love and service and will be 
greatly missed by all who knew and 
loved her. 

Arrangements were provided by 
the Bonewell family of Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Director. 



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Betty Jean Martinez 

Graveside services were held 
on Wednesday, September 4, 1 996 
at 10:00 a.m. at the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery for Betty Jean 
Martinez. Father Charles Casale of 
St. Jude Catholic Church officiated. 
Betty was born on January 31 , 
1924, in San Diego, Califomia, and 
lived in California her entire life. She 
married Elmo Joseph Martinez on 
October 28, 1947 in Las Vegas, 
Nevada, and was a homemaker for 
49 years. Moe and Betty honey- 
mooned at the old Johnsondale 
Lumber Camp 49 years ago and 
Betty fell in love with this area and 
told her new husband that if all 
possible, she would someday like 
to live in this area. Moe fulfilled that 
wish for her in 1986 when they 
moved to their home in Wofiford 
Heights, upon retirement. Betty 
loved to gard en, and was an avid 
reader. She also enjoyeaDisriey~ 
animated movies. 

In addition to her husband Moe, 
Betty is survived by sons Vincent 
and Michael Martinez and their 
wives, of Tucson, Arizona; daugh- 
ter Gale Muegge of Norfolk, Ne- 
vada; and one granddaughter. She 
also leaves a sister, Joann Sheurer, 
of Georgia. She will be greatly 
missed by all who knew and loved 
her. 

Services were provided by the 
Bonewell family of the Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Director. 



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David L Hatchell 

Mr. David L Hatchell of Lake 
Isabella died September 6, 1 996. A 
memorial service was conducted 
by the LO.O.M. #498 on Septem- 
ber 1 0, 1 996 at Rose Chapel, Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. Burial of 
ashes with graveside services will 
be conducted at Royal Pines Cem- 
etery, Winnsboro, South Carolina. 

Mr. Hatchell was born in 
Winnsboro, South Carolina on Feb- 
mary 2, 1 929. He was the son of the 
late Mr. Duncan Fullard Hatchell 
and the late Mrs. Annie Maude 
Arledge Hatchell. 

Mr. Hatchell served in the Army 
Air Force from 1945 to 1948. Mr. 
Hatchell was retired from Contel 
where he was employed for 40 years 
in a management capacity. He was 
a member of the Loyal Order of the 
Moose #498; he was a past mem- 
ber and officer of the Lions Club and 
a past member and officer of the 
Lions Club and a past member of 
the Elks and IPTA. 

He is sun/ived by his wife, Mrs. 
Peggy Pethel Hatchell of Lake Isa- 
bella; 5 sons, Thomas J. Hatchell of 
Valencia, California, David B. 
Hatchell of Kaneohe, Hawaii, 
Lawrence Hatchell of Paso Robles, 
California, Guy Hatchell of Goleta, 
Califomia, and Kelly Hatchell also 
of Goleta; 2 step-daughters, Cathy 
Thatcher of Boyce, Virginia, and 
Vicki Rohde of Aurora, Colorado; 
13 grandchildren; 2 sisters, Mrs. 
Kathleen Branham of Winnsboro, 



South Carolina, and Mrs. Edith 
Campbell of Vance, South Caro- 
lina; and a brother, Lanier Hudson 
of Walterboro, South Carolina. 

The family suggests that memo- 
rials be made to Kern Valley Skilled 



Nursing Center, P.O. Box 1628, 
Lake Isabella, Califomia. 

An-angements were made by the 
Bonewell family, Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home, Golden Rule Funeral 
Directors. 




,Qn J^fiwo/iu 0< Audu 



J(s tliis dt^iCuPt suwmGA is ditawinq to a dose, 
(Judy's pAeseitce is missed mo/ic than ei;&i. 
lAHtkouqlfy In&i time In&e witli us WOS Cut sfcoAt, 
site continues to have an inJPuence on tfie fti/cs o{ 
many. She wi?C JoAei/eA occupy a pHace in oua 
tliouglits and fieoAts. 

'Do tl\e wonde/i^uP people o^ tde 'cXain '^'wen 
"^aCCey and ^afcaisjiePd communities, <^udy was 
touclted and oi/e/iu/JieCmed by tlie caAing support 
she Aeceii/ed ^om you, hex fiends, fiacfc coAd 
and (etteA was HovinqUi^ head by lieA, eacl< gi^t 
cl\cAislied. 

'ETiianJ! you, tiiani; you ^a youA (kindness and 
suppoAt duAlng Judy's iPCness. 'xJhls wonden^H 
spiAit 0^ gencAosity meant so much to deA and 
wiim joAei/eA be a pant o^ oua memoAies. 

'tJlie Coining {ami?y o^ JIudy SaCtggai/eA 



Wednesday, September 25, 1996 



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Kenneth Raymond 
Clarke 

Memorial semces were held 
Sunday, September 22, 1996 at 
1 :00 PM at Valley Mortuary Chapel 
for Kenneth Raymond Clarke who 
passed away September 12, 1996. 
Officiating was Walter Rawles. 

Kenneth was born July 1 9, 1 907 
in Eureka, Kansas and has been a 
resident of the Kern River Valley for 
the last 26 years. He moved here 
after retiring from Adel, after 30 
years. He enjoyed camping during 
his retirement. He is survived by his 
wife of 11 years, Nita Clarke of 
Bodfish, his daughter and son-in- 
law Barbara and Jim Wagaman of 
Chatsw orth, dau ghter Alice Smith 
of Vallejo, California; step-daughter 
Jan Zurn of Ridgecrest; two broth- 
ers. Glen Clarke of Mt. Mesa, Cali- 
fornia and Pete Clarke of Hemet, 
California; also eight grandchildren 
and 1 1 great grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary. 

Corbin Roy Morgan 

Funeral services were held on 
September 1 8, 1 996 at First Baptist 
Church of Lake Isabella for Corbin 
Roy Morgan, with Pastor Dave 
Snow officiating. Mr. Morgan was 
born in Goldonna, Louisiana No- 
vember 28, 1911 and entered into 
the presence of the Lord Sunday, 
September 15, 1996. 

Corbin and his wife Christene 
came to Fontana, California in 1 942 
where he was employed at Kaiser 
Steel until he opened htS""Own 
Richfield service station in 1952. 
For 25 years he and his wife ran the 
business and finally retired to Mt. 
Mesa. The family spent many years 
vacationing and fishing in the valley 
before retihnq here. 

He is sun/ived by his wife of 57 
years, Christene Morgan; daughter 
Gloria Stevens and granddaugh- 
ters Sharla, Shena, and Chene 
Stevens of Mt. Mesa; sister Wilma 
Pollock of Mt. Mesa; nephew Dave 
Harvey of Mt. Mesa; and sister Elsie 
Walters of Shreveport, Louisiana. 
He was a generous and loving 
man who will be missed by many 
family and friends. 



Kaj T. Hansen 

Kaj T. Hansen was born in Den- 
mark to Harald and Mathea Hansen 
on September 18, 1918. He en- 
terea etemal life September T6, 
1996 at his home in Kemville, two 



days before his 78th birth^ay^ 

Kaj left Denmark as a young 
man and sailed the seas, he never 
returned to his native country. He 
came to the United States as a 
Merchant Marine and joined the 
U.S. Navy, serving in the Pacific 
Theatre during WW II. In 1948 he 
married Lavonne and they had three 
children. After sen/ing in the Navy, 
he worked in the oil fields in Bakers- 
field, California, Australia, Alaska, 
and Brazil. He also worked for the 
Los Angeles Unified School District 
as a Building Engineer for 23 years. 
He retired in 1 982 and moved to the 
Kem River Valley in 1 991 . Kaj loved 
to dance, collected train sets, made 

bird houses and enjoyed any kind of 
carpentry and yard work. 

He is survived by sons Michael 
A. of Spokane, Washington, Tho- 
mas K. of North Hills, California, 
and daughter Roxanne M. Claypool 
of Lancaster, California; three grand- 
children and two great-grandchil- 
dren. 

Services were held on Saturday, 
September 21, at 12:00 noon at 
Rose Chapel, Pastor Jack A. Dilley, 
Johnsondale Bible Church offici- 
ated. Kaj will be buried at sea. 

An-angements provided by the 
Bonewell Family, Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home, A Golden Rule Fu- 
neral Director. 



Arleta Rae Fox 

Private arrangements were 
made for Arleta Rae Fox who 
passed away on September 18, 
1 996, at her home in Lake Isabella. 
She was bom December 28, 1931 
in Manhattan, Kansas and has been 
a resident of the Kem River Valley 
from 1955. ^ __ ^„ 

She was a member of the Elks 
Lodge in Lake Isabella. Arleta is 
survived by her step-sons and their 
wives, John and Joyce Sterling of 
Bakersfield, Bobby and Mary Lou 
Sterling of Bakersfield, Shelby and 
Linda Sterling of Bakersfield, Jerry 
and Ruth Sterling of Missouri; 15 
grandchildren and 12 great grand- 
children; and her sister Twala 

An-angements by Valley Mortu- 
ary. 

William Nelson 
Jordan 

Private arrangements were 
made for William Nelson Jordan 
who passed away at his home in 
Squin-el Valley on September 17, 
1996 after a long illness. Mr. Jordan 
and his wife moved to the valley 1 3 
years ago after retiring from his 
printing business of 25 years. He 
loved to hunt and fish and also play 
golf. He was the past president of 
the Lions Club. Mr. Jordan is sur- 
vived by his wife of 49 years, Mary 
Jo Jordan and son William Jordan, 
Jr. of Diamond Bar, California, and 
Robert Jordan of Hermosa Beach, 
Califomia; and three grandchildren. 

Aaangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary. 



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Wednesday, September 25, 1996 



Billy Joe Longworth 

Billy Joe Longworth passed away 
at his home in Wofford Heights on 
September 1 5, 1 996. Born on Janu- 
ary 3, 1925 in Oklahoma, he was 
very active in youth organizations 
when his children were growing up 
in Downey, California. He has been 
a property owner in Wofford Heights 
since 1964 and he became a per- 
manent resident in 1977. He worked 
as a mobilehome improvement spe- 
cialist until 1962 when he started 
his own successful business in the 
same line. He was an avid fisher- 
man and enjoyed showing his fa- 
vorite fishing holes to friends and 
family. 

He leaves his wife of 47 years, 
Shirley, and four children and their 
spouses, Robert Longworth and 
wife Mary of Whittier, California, 
Joseph Longworth of Kernville, 
Robin Davis and husband David of 
Anaheim, and Kellene Kirkpatrick 
and husband Gregg of Wofford 
Heights; five grandchildren, Kate 
Anderson, Ted Longworth, Erika 
and Emily Kirkpatrick and James 
Davis. He also leaves his sister 
Vernie Pollock of Southiake; father- 
in-law Robert Guthrie of Southiake, 
and special friend Chris Andersori 
of Huntington Beach. 

He was a very brave man in his 
last days on earth and will be re- 
membered lovingly by his family 
and friends. A private memorial ser- 
vice attended by family members 
only will be held September 21 
1996. 

Arrangements were entrusted to 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home, the 
Bonewell Family. A Golden Rule 
Funeral Director. 



Dorothy Maude 
Young 

Memorial Services for Dorothy 
Young who entered etemal rest on 
September 13, 1996, will be held 
Wednesday, September 25, at 2:00 
p.m. at the Valley Community 
Church, Lake Isabella with Pastor 
James Lee officiating. Dorothy was 
born in Nonwich, England to Arthur 
and Mary Holman on December 1 5, 
1918. She married Albert Bemhart 
Young and had been a housewife 
for 50 years, and they moved to the 
Kern River Vglley from Highland 
Park 22 years ago. 

Until her illness progressed, Dor- 
othy was a very active participant in 
the Tuesday night prayer and Bible 
study at the Skilled Nursing Center 
and Pastor Jack Dilley remembers 
her ability to quote vast inspiration 
to everyone at these studies. She 
will be remembered for her faith in 
the Lord. 

In addition to her husband Albert, 
Dorothy is survived by a daughter 
Cristina Sanduskey of Thousand 
Oaks, California; a grandson Brian 
Sanduskey; and several nieces and 
nephews in England. 

Arranqements provided by the 
Bonewell Family, Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home, a Golden Rule Funeral 
Director. 



Wednesday, October 2, 1996 



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Nellie Viola Link 

Nellie Viola Link passed 
away in Sacramento, Califor- 
nia, on September 21,1 996, at 
the age of 89. Graveside ser- 
vices were held Wednesday, 
September 25, 1 996, at 2 p.m. 
at the Kern River Valley Cem- 
etery in Wofford Heights. 

A native of Greenville, Town- 
ship of Easley, South Carolina. 
she was a long time resident of 
Wofford Heights, but most re- 
cently lived in Sacramento. 
Nellie was Past President of 
the KAPH Chapter of the Order 
of the Golden Slipper in 
Kernville. She loved painting, 
fishing and walks along Tillie 
Creek. 

She was the beloved wife of 
the late William "Ted" Link and 
the loving mother of the late 
Boyce E. Link of Stockton. 
Nellie was the dear grand- 
mother of Ron and Ellen Link, 
step-grandmother of Norma 
Morish. Tina Gray and 
Raymond Reynold; loved sis- 
ter of Henry, Jack, Nick, Estel 
and Mami; daughter of the late 
William Silas Stansel and 
Emma Eugenia Greene; great- 

?randmother of Robin Link and 
racy Brown; and the great- 
great-grandmother of Mellissa 
Brown. 

Arrangements by Lind Broth- 
ers Mortuary in Carmichael, 
California. 

Virginia Elmira 
Erickson 

A visitation was held Tues- 
day, September 24, 1996, at 
Ridgecrest Mortuary in 
Ridgecrest for Virginia Elmira 
Erickson of Bodfish. A 



graveside service followed at 2 
p.m. Thursday, September 26, 
1996. at the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights. 
Officiating was Mel Hetrick. 

Virginia was born February 
11 , 1 904 in Tunnel Hill, Illinois, 
and died September 22, 1996 
in Mt. Mesa. She was 92 years 
old. Virginia was a 1 7-year resi- 
dent of the Kern River Valley. 
She was employed by 
McDonnell Douglas Aircraft as 
a seamstress, receiving many 
awards for innovations in manu- 

jacturing_a[rcraft upholstered 

"products. 

She is survived by her 
daughter June Teeter of 
Bodfish; sister Mary Ina Hall of 
Carbondale, Illinois; four grand- 
children. 11 great-grandchil- 
dren and five great-great- 
grandchildren. 
Arrangements by Ridgecrest 

Mortuary. 

Irene Dela 
Bothum 

Private arrangements have 
been made for Irene Dela 
Bothum who passed away on 
September 24, 1996, in Mt. 
Mesa. Mrs. Bothum was born 
on February 15, 1901, in Down- 
ing, Missouri. She had been a 
resident of the Kern River Val- 
ley for 14 years. From 1982 to 
1 986^he was very involved at 
' t>ie Senior Center and attended 
all the dances. 

Irene is survived by her son 

Richard Joyce and her nephew 

James Harper, both of Lake 

Isabella. 

Arrangements by Valley 

Mortuary. 



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Chass Ryan 
Gentry 

Memorial services were held 
on October 5, 1 996, at the Kern 
Valley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights for 5-week-old Chass 
Ryan Gentry. Officiating were 
both Jack Dilley and Deryl 
Lackey. He was born on April 
1 0, 1 996, in Richmond, Texas, 
and passed away on May 17, 
1996 at Lubbock Methodist 
Hospital. 

Chass is survived by his 
mother, Heather Marie Priebe 
of Mt. Mesa, a graduate of Kern 
Valley High School. Also sur- 
viving Chass are his grandpar- 
ents, Sar>^ra " P ri abe of A i r i a - ' 
rillo, Texas, and Darrell and 
Michelle Pnebe of Mt. Mesa; 
great-grandparents, Wayne 
and Julie Woolard of Mt. Mesa, 
and Elsie Priebe of Cypress, 
California; great-aunts and 
uncles, Dave and Gaylynn 
Glover of Mt. Mesa, and Mark 
and Laura Woolard of Corona, 
California; aunts and uncles, 
Misty and Jeffrey Priebe of 
Amarillo, Texas, and Steve and 
Sheldon Priebe of Mt. Mesa; 
as well as numerous other fam- 
ily members and friends of the 
valley. 

His mother Heather says, 
"Although my beautiful and pre- 
cious Chass was never able to 
meet with his family during his 
short life of five weeks, they ail 
loved him so very much and 
wait until the day we can all be 
together again forever. 

Arrangements by Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



. It may be six or seven years 
or twenty-two or three, but will 
you, 'til I call him back, take 
care of him for me? 

He'll bring his charm to glad- 
den thee and shall his stay be 
brief. 

You'll have his lovely memo- 
ries as solace for your grief. 

I cannot promise he will stay 
since all from earth do return, 
but there are lessons taught 
down here, I want this child to 
learn. 

I've looked the worldwide 
over in my search for teacher's 
true, and from the throng that 
crowds life's lane, I have se- 



lected for him, you. 

Now will you give him all 
your love, nor think the labor 
vain, nor hate me when I come 
to call and take him back again. 

I fancied that I heard them 
say, "Dear Lord, thy will be 
done." 

For all the joy thy child shall 
bring the risk of grief will run. 
And for the happiness we've 
known, forever grateful stay. 

But angels came to call him 
much sooner than we planned, 
so we'll brave the bitter grief 
that comes and try to under- 
stand. 

Anonymous 



A Prayer 

I'll lend you for a little while a 
child of mine, he said. 

For you to love the while he 
lives and mourn for when he is 
dead. 



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Mittie Agnes 
(Harris) Meador 

Graveside services were 
held on Tuesday, October 1, 
1 996, for Mittie Agnes Meador, 
at Kern River Valley Cemetery. 
She and her husband were 
Southlake residents for 18 
years. 

Born December 14, 1909, 
near Fredrick, Oklahoma, she 
died September 24, 1996, in 
Torrance, California, where she 
had lived for the past six years. 

She is survived by her sister, 
Nellie Buchanan of Hugo, Okla- 
homa; one son, Duane Meador, 
of Franklin, Kentucky; four 
daughters, Vanita Vaughn of 
Torrance, California; Klavelle 
Johnen of Dallas, Oregon; 
Vanelle Nurse of Missoula, 
Montana; and Janelle Knie of 
Lake Forest, California; eigh- 
teen grandchildren and eight 
great-grandchildren. 

The family asks that any 
tfonationsTtr e i i r aUb! tu V I TA9 



Healthcare Corp. (Hospice), 
970 W. 1 90th Street, Suite 930, 
Torrance, California 90502. 

Robert Denmark 
Griffin 

Memorial services were held 
Sunday, October 6, 1996, at 
10:00 a.m. at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel for Robert Denmark 
Griffin. Officiating was his 
grandson. Pastor David 
Charles Harring. 

Mr. Griffin was born Novem- 
ber 30, 1910 , i n Adel, Georgi a 



Texas; grandchildren Todd 
Schlitz of Ft. Benning, Geor- 
gia; Tracy Clark of Alba, Texas; 
Danny Pianaltoof Harrah, Okla- 
homa; Scott Ekwell of Garland, 
Texas; and seven great-grand- 
children. He is also survived by 
his brother Johnny Pianalto of 
Torrance, California, and his 
sister Esther BIy of Lake 
Isabella. 

Arrangements by Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 

Floyd Richardson 

Graveside funeral services 
were held Tuesday, October 8, 
1996, at 10:00 a.m. atthe South 
Kern Cemetery District/Arvin for 
Floyd Richardson, age 95, for- 
merly of Arvin, who passed 
away October 4, 1996, in Mt. 
Mesa. Mr. Kevin Reeves of the 
Arvin Church of God officiated 
and interment followed. 

Mr. Richardson was born 

November 27, 1900, in Avoca, 

. ^r^r^r. .,wi X oo r ^^- Oklahoma, which was then In- 

^i'JtPnn^^lI nol ^ nn w i ?.^H • qian -TSmToryno-^Jonn- anq- 
ciating was Deacon Willard ' 

VanLassen at Mr. Pianalto's 

home in Lake Isabella. 



and passed away October 4, 
1996 in Mt. Mesa, California. 
He was a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for the past five 
years. He moved to Lake 
Isabella after retiring from the 
trucking business. He loved to 
garden, and loved his family. 

" He is survived by his daugh- 
ters, Jean Harring and Sherlee 
Griffin, both of Fairoaks, Cali- 
fornia; his sisters, Florence 
Weeser and Flonnie Gourley 
and brother Sam Griffin, all of 
Lake Isabella. Mr. Griffin is also 
survived by six grandchildren, 
1 8 great-grandchildren and two 
great-great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

James Reno 
Pianalto 

Services were held on at 
12:00 noon on Octobers, 1996, 
for James Reno Pianalto, who 
passed away Friday, October 



He was born in Tonitown, 
Arkansas, on March 8, 1914. 
James retired as a machinist 
with Hydro Air in Burbank, Cali- 
fornia. He and his wife, Margie, 
moved to the Lake Isabella area 
21 years ago, where he loved 
to fish. 

James is survived by his wife 
of 60 years, Margie Pianalto; 
daughter Shirley A. Schlitz of 
Tehachapi, California; son 
Duane Pianalto of Yantis, 



Emedorah Richardson. He was 
raised in the Pottawatamie 
County area and attended the 
Oak Grove School. 

On May 5, 1926, he married 
Jewel Henry in Asher, Okla- 
homa, and in 1943 the 
Richardson family came to 
Arvin. Floyd was known as a 
hard working man and he en- 
joyed working in his garden 
and in his roses. He loved to be 
with his family and in fact in 
later years, moved up to the 
Weldon area to be near more 
of them . 

He was preceded in death 
by his wife Jewel in 1 982 and a 
grandson Dennis Carter in 
1 981 . He is survived by his son 
Lyndell Richardson and his wife 
Pat of Arvin; daughters Palma 
Wren and her husband Bill of 
Weldon; and Velma Carter and 
her husband Cecil of Redmond, 
Oregon; six grandchildren, 1 1 
great-grandchildren and two 
great-great-grandchildren. 

Visitation was held at the 
Funeral Home in Arvin on Sun- 
day and Monday. 

Arrangements were made by 
Arvin Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, October 16, 1996 



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Edward Russell 
DeBolt 

A graveside service for Ed- 
ward Russell DeBolt, age 61 , 
will be held at the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery on Wednes- 
day, October 16, 1996, at 1 :00 



p.m. Pastor Jack Dilley of the 
Johnsondale Bible Church and 
the V.F.W. will officiate. 

Edward was born in 
Moorehead, Montana, to Ed- 
ward and Helen DeBolt and 
was raised in Fargo, North 
Dakota. He spent 20 years in 
the U.S. Navy, serving in Viet 
Nam. He entered into eternal 
rest on October 9, 1996, at his 
home in Wofford Heights. 

He was a quiet man, taking 
pleasure in his family and most 
especially enjoyed his grand- 
children. He loved teasing 
them. He enjoyed helping his 
wife, Geraidine, behind the 



scenes in her antique shop and 
accompanied her to many an- 
tique shows. Ed and his wife 
moved to the Kern River Valley 
in 1 989 from Riverside County. 

In addition to his wife, 
Geraidine, Ed is survived by 
daughters Judy Miller of San 
Jose, California; Denise Olson 
of Phoenix, Arizona; Linda Klien 
and husband Tom of Lake 
Isabella; son Donald, of Wof- 
ford Heights; six grandchildren 
and five great-grandchildren. 
He will be greatly missed. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the care of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, October 23, 1996 




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Eddie Louis 
"Bud" Hess HI 

Bud was born May 1 6, 1 953, 
in La Mesa, California, and 
departed from us on Septenx- 
ber27, 1996attfieageof43.ln 
fiis adolescent years, he en- 
joyed his youth, school, sports, 
nature and things that made 
him, his family and friends 
happy. 

He graduated from Baldwin 
Park High School in Baldwin 
Park, California. Bud was a 
married man and fathered four 
children, Christine Lynn Hess, 
Tawnya Joy Hess, Danille 
Renee Hess, and Eddie Louis 
Hess IV. 

Bud loved and provided for 
his family to the utmost of his 
ability and gave them any pro- 
tection in need. He spent time 
in the U.S. Army and worked 
with military hi-tech equipment 
and aircraft. 

He loved and provided for 
his family to the utmost of his 
ability and gave them protec- 
tion in any need. 

He also had and showed 
love and great affection for his 
mother Jeannette Eastridge; 
his sister Deborah Ellen Jones; 
his brother Jerry Malcolm Hess; 
his sister Tami Laroque; his 
brother James Leroy Richie; 
and his brother Lonnie Wright 
Richie. 

Bud resided in Lake Isabella 
area for the past five years and 
has made numerous friends 
who loved and will miss him 
with all our hearts. 



His employers, Danny and 
Cindy Rutherford, gave Bud a 
new look on life and he loved 
them like they were part of his 
family and he always spoke 
highly of them. 

Any wrong can be forgiven, 
but now only prayers are the 
answer from Bud to us that 
mistreated him and beg for his 
forgiveness. 

Services were provided by 
the Kern Valley VFW #7665. 
The family thanks them very 
much for the fine job. 

Marvin M. Wallick 

Private family services were 
held for Marvin M. Wallick, 76, 
of Wofford Heights. Inurnment 
was in the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery, Wofford Heights. A 
1 6-year Kern River Valley resi- 
dent, Mr. Wallick was born July 
23, 1920 in Long Beach, Cali- 
fornia and entered into eternal 
rest at his home after a lengthy 



illness on October 1 2, f 995^ 

A retired aeronautical engi- 
neer, Mr. Wallick last worked 
for the McDonnell-Douglas Air- 
craft Co. He was an active 
member of the Kernville United 
Methodist Church where he 
served on the Board of Trust- 
ees. Marvin was an artisan and 
gifted woodcarver. He was able 
to carve beautiful ducks and 
exhibited at various art shows 
in the valley. He also served 
his country in World War II in 
the U.S. Navy. 

Survivors include his wife of 
55 years, Harriett Wallick of 
Wofford Heights; his daughter, 
Judy Dow of Long Beach; two 
grandchildren, David Wallick of 
San Diego and Debbie Dibias 
of Minnesota; his brother 
Clarence Wallick of Hemet; and 
his beloved daughter-in-law, 
Susan Wallick of Garden 
Grove. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 



Wednesday, October 23, 1996 



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Janet Elizabeth 
Welch 

Janet Elizabeth Welch was 
born Janet E. Primavera on 
Feb. 15, 1933 in Wellesley, 
Mass., and entered eternal rest 
on Oct. 12, 1996. 

Janet married George D. 
Welch on Dec. 27, 1950. 
Mother of two daughters, she 
and family moved to Bakers- 
field, Calif, in Sept. 1 959, where 
the children grew up. They 
moved to Lake Isabella in 1 980. 
She was supportive of her 
husband's careerduring almost 
30 years with the Kern County 
Fire Dept. 

She was a popular person- 
ality with some of the other 
station personnel for delivering 
or sending pie, cake or cookies 
in the evenings and remem- 
bering them every holiday. 

She was an excellent wife 
for nearly 46 years, an ideal 
mother, a beloved grand- 
mother, and a greatly beloved 
great-grandmother. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band George, daughter 
Adrienne and her sons Pancho 
and Eddie of San Pedro, daugh- 
ter Jeanne of Stirling City, 
granddaughter Amber and 
great-grandson Kalem of 
Magalia and granddaughter 
Robin of Bakersfield. There 
has been a special place irrher 
heart for her late grandson Eli, 
who Was a victim of leukemia. 

Janet succumbed to pancre- 
atic cancer. She will be missed 



by all. At her request, her re- 
mains will be cremated and 
scattered at sea. There will be 
ho funeral. Her life will be cel- 
ebrated. 

Cremation arranged by Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 

Elmer "Whitey" 
Marksberry 

Funeral services for Elmer 
"Whitey" Marksberry, 78, of 
Weldon, were held on Tues- 
day, October 15, 1996, at 11 
a.m. in the Valley Mortuary 
Chapel with Reverend David 
Graham officiating. Burial fol- 
lowed in the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery, Wofford Heights. A 
1 7-year Kern River Valley resi- 
dent, Whitey was born May 1 0, 
1918, in Crescent Springs, 
Kentucky, and entered into rest 
at his Weldon home on Octo- 
ber 11, 1996. 

Whitey had been an active 
member of the Eagles Aerie 
#3156 and had been an active 
bowler and pool player. After 
their retirement, he and his wife 
Shirley, had enjoyed traveling 
together. His family said "he 
really loved the Kern River 
Valley." They would like to his 
many friends in the valley for 
their many years of fhendship. 

He is survived by his son, 
Richard Marksberry of Santa 
Barbara; his daughter, Terry 
Hollister of Huntington Beach; 
his sister Elva Riley of Weldon; 
five grandchildren and three 
great-grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, those who 
prefer may remember Whitey 
by making a donation in his 
memory to the Ameni^^HHeart 
Association, 404 Truxtun Ave., 
Bakersfield, CA 93301. 
Arrarigements by Valley 



Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 

Sharon Kay 
Newby 

A funeral service was held 
on Thursday, October 1 7, 1996 
at 1 p.m. at the Rose Chapel in 
Lake Isabella for Sharon Kay 
Newby, 53, of Weldon, Califor- 
nia, with Piaster Jack Dilley of 
the Johnsondale Bible Church 
officiating. Sharon was then 
escorted to the Kern Valley 
Cemetery by six pallbearers, 
family and friends. The pall- 
bearers were Hurcel Watson, 
Gary Phelan, Gregory Watson 
Sr., Gregory Watson Jr., Pat 
Phelan, and John Potts. 

Sharon was born March 15, 
1943, in Pittsburg, Pennsylva- 
nia to her parents Oran and 
Sarah Watson. On December 
26, 1965, she married Richard 
E. Newby in Las Vegas, Ne- 
vada. Later, Sharon worked in 
real estate in the Long Beach, 
California, area until moving to 
the Kern River Valley three 
years ago, where she then re- 
sided in Weldon. Sharon loved 
to cook and care for her family. 
She was prided as being a great 
homemaker. Though Sharon 
had been 111 for a long period of 
time, she never complained of 
her condition. She was a great 
lover of life and she will be truly 
missed by those of whom held 
her close to their hearts. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Richard E. Newby; her 
mother Sarah Watson of Wel- 
don; her son John Potts of Long 
Beach and her sister Lynn 
Wat^flxuit Wel^o n . 

Servfceswere entrusted to 
the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home, a Golden Rule Funeral 
Home. 



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Virginia Anna 
Bullington 

A memorial service was held 
on Sunday, October 20, 1996, 
at 3 p.m. for Virginia Anna 
Bullington, 75, of Lake Isabella 
with Dr. Man/in Moon, of Shep- 
herd of the Hills Lutheran 
Church officiating. 

Virginia was born August 5, 
1921, in Wichita, Kansas and 
entered into eternal rest on 
October 1 3, 1 996. She married 
Joseph Edward Bullington, Jr. 
in Yuma, Arizona, on January 
6, 1 940 and was the mother of 
two children. She worked for 
Pacific Telephone as a super- 
visor for 33 years and was also 



Virginia "Betty" 
l\/lcLaren 

Funeral services for Virginia 
"Betty" McLaren, 83, of Bodfish. 
were held on Monday, October 
21 , 1 996, at 1 p.m. at the Kern 
River Valley Christian Church 
with Reverend Duane Splawn 
officiating. Burial followed in the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery, 
Wofford Heights. 

A 25-year valley resident, 
Betty was born June 14, 1913 
in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. 
A homemaker, Betty was a 
member of the Kern River Val- 
ley Christian Church and was a 
devoted Christian woman who 



the Union Representative for 
the women of Pacific Tele- 
phone. She moved to the Kern 
Valley area 16 years ago from 
Norwalk. Virginia was active in 
her church and enjoyed her 
hobby of painting. She loved 
animals and was interested in 
the conservation of wildlife. She 
was a devoted and loving 
mother and a great inspiration 
and help to her grandchildren. 
She will be greatly missed by 
all who knew and loved her, but 
loved ones find comfort in know- 
ing Virginia is at rest. 

In addition to her loving hus- 
band Joseph, Virginia is sur- 
vived by daughter Kristopher 
Deapen of Phoenix, Arizona; 
son Bryden Bullington of Taos, 
New Mexico; eight grandchil- 
dren, two great-grandchildren 
and sister Irene Davidson of 
Laguna, California. 

Sen/ices were entrusted to 
the care of the Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home, a Golden Rule 
Funeral Home. 



loved life. 

She is survived by her son, 
Jack McLaren of Glendale; her 
brothers, Don Hostetter and 
Paul Hostetter; her sisters, 
Arlene Williamson and Violet 
Francis, all of California; one 
granddaughter and two great- 
grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 



Wednesday, October 23, 1996 



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Paul Ben Richard 
Swanson 

Services were held in the 
Rose Chapel of tha^kake 
Isabella Funeral Home for Paul 
Swanson, who .was born to 
Swan and Svea Swanson, both 
of whom were born in Sweden. 
Paul was born on April 8, 1 925 
in Spokane, Washington and 
entered rest after a long illness 
at his home on October 12, 
1996, at the age of 71 . Pastor 
Jack Dilley of the Johnsondale 
Bible Church officiated. 

When Paul was three 
months old, his parents moved 
to Alhambra, California, where 
he remained until he was 17 
years of age at which time he 
joined the United States Navy, 
serving in World War II. After 
the service, he returned to 
Alhambra, and later moved to 
Inglewood, California. Paul left 
the Inglewood area in 1 982 and 
retired in the lake area. 

Paul was a member of the 
Kern Valley Bible Church. He 
also was active at the 
Johnsondale Bible Church 
where he sang each Sunday. 



He also sang at the Skilled 
Nursing Center at the Kern 
Valley Hospital on Tuesday 
nights during the mid-week 
service. Pastor Jack Dilley 
states that Paul was very faith- 
ful to these three ministries. 
Paul was a member of the 
Mended Hearts Club, Toast- 
masters, the Kern Valley His- 
torical Society, the Friends of 
the Library and the Writers and 
Poets Club. 

Surviving Paul are his sister 
Ellen McDonald of Lake 
Isabella; three nieces, Bobbie 
HarweJIof Lake Isabella; Betty 
Perigan of Chino, California; 
and Barbara Rhodes of River- 
side, California. Also, twin 
great-nephews of Bobbie 
Harwell, Todd and Tim Harwell 
of Lake Isabella; Barbara's 
three sons Scott and Steve of 
Chino, California; and Kenny 
of New York. All who knew and 
loved him will greatly miss Paul 
and all of his talents. Paul has 
recently had some of his po- 
ems published by the poets 
club. 

Services were entrusted to 
the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home, a Golden Rule Funeral 
Home. 

The Changing Days of Youth 
(Free To Be Young) 

by Paul B. R. Swanson, 
March 19, 1996 

How well I remember the 
days of my youth 

Days of falsehood, days of 



truth 

Days of loss, days of gain 
Days of peace, days of pain 

At times poor, never wealthy, 
but, praise God, mostly 

healthy. 

Free to worship as I please 
As a young man, to sail the 

seas 

To serve my country, full of 
pride 

To take my loved one as my 
bride. 

To go through school, free to 
learn, 

To do the .things for which I 
yearn 

Free to make friends with 
those around me 

I've had their support when 
trouble surround me. 

I've been a friend in time of 
need 

I've helped brothers with a 
worthy deed 

Oft, life seemed unfair, make 
no mistake, 

• It's a constant series of give 
and take. 

Traveling life's highway, I oft 
pay a toll 

Yet I continue along as I roll 

Tho now I'm old, I've been 
young. 

Of life's events, I've often 
sung 

At times in life, a hard path 
I've taken 

but by God's grace I've never 
been forsaken. 



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Eldron D. 
"Brandy" 
Brandenburg 

Memorial services were 
held Sunday, October 27, 
1996, at 1 p.m. at the Elks 
Lodge in Wofford Heights. 
Officiating were the officers of 
the BPOE #2358. Brandy was 
born on May 1, 1919 in Hun- 
tington, West Virginia and 
passed away on October 24, 
1996, in Bakersfield, Califor- 
nia. He was 77 years old. 

Brandy served in the Army 
during WWII in Panama and 
in Europe. He was a member 
of the Elks for 55 years, and 
the DAV. He and his wife loved 
to travel and fish. He also be- 
longed to the Kernville Gun 
Club. Brandy was a wonderful 
husband and father and a su- 



Harry Earl 
Arnold, Jr. 



per grandpa. 

He is survived by his wife of 
54 years, Cecilia of Mt. Mesa; 
and his daughters, Loal Allen 
of Washington, Eika Ratliff of 
Arizona; brother Charles 
Brandenburg of Florida; and 
sisters Martha Smallridge of 
Florida and Margaret Dean of 
West Virginia; seven grand- 
children and 1 great-grand- 
children. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Harry was born in York, 
Pennsylvania, on November 
9, 1923, to Harry and Hattie 
Arnold. 

He attended Temple Uni- 
versity in Pennsylvania and 
then served in World War II in 
the United States Air Force. 
Harry later moved to Marina 
Del Rey, California, where he 
worked his entire career for 
Rockwell International as an 
inspector. He retired in 1980, 
after 46 years with Rockwell. 
He is survived by his com- 
panion of 16 years, Monday 
Rutherford, and his beloved 
dog, Suzie Q. At his request, 
no services were held. He 
passed away at his residence 
on October 23, 1996. Harry 
will be greatly missed by those 
who knew and loved him. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home. 



Robert Royal Witt 

Robert Royal Witt passed 
away on October 16, 1996. 
He was born one of ten chil- 
dren, in Randsburg, Califor- 
nia, to James Newton Witt of 
Tellico Plains, Tennessee, and 
Nellie Grace Gessell of Mincie, 
Indiana. He retired after 30 
years at Rancho Los Amigo 
Polio Hospital in Downey as a 
mail attendant. 

He is preceded in death by 
hisjyife, Norma Jo y; a tw[n 
brother, Albert Witt; older 
brother, Wade Witt; and a 
younger sister, Mary Weaver. 

Robert's surviving family 
includes his brother, James 
Witt- sisters Susan Milligan 
and Margaret Allison, all of 
Lake Isabella; brothers Hiram 
Witt of Sacramento, Timothy 
Witt of Onyx and Mike Witt of 
Diamond Springs; numerous 
nieces, nephews and cous- 

Robert will be cremated. 
There was a memorial held at 
theVFW on October 26, 1996, 
at 11 a.m. Thank you to those 
in attendance. 



J^DNES 



Benjamin C. 
Szabo 

At his request, no services 
will be held for Benjamin C. 
Szabo, 81, of Lake Isabella. 
Ben was born January 9,1915, 
in Houston, Texas, and passed 
away in a local hospital on 
October 20, 1996. 

Ben started playing the vio- 
lin at the age of seven and by 
age nine he was playing with 
the Ziegfeld Follies and ap- 
pearing on many large stages 
in Europe. After marrying his 
beloved wife Jean, they enter- 
tained and played thejr music 
together from San Diego to 
Tacoma, Washington, to Lake 
Isabella for 53 years. 

He worked for 30 years as a 
shop foreman for San Diego 
Gas & Electric Company. For 
the past two years, Ben has 
been involved with the Kern 
Valley Community Orchestra 
under the direction of Bethany 
Jones and also started a bi- 
monthly Country Western Jam 
Session at the Lake Isabella 
Library, as well as playing on 
Mondays at the Senior Center 
for the lunch attendees. 

Ben was recently honored 
by the Kern Valley Exchange 
Club as their Senior of the 
Month in recognition of his 
many cotitributions to the Kern 
Valley community. He was a 
member in good standing of 
the Amateur Radio Club as a 
Ham Radio operator. He was 
also a member of the San Di- 
ego Musicians Union since 
1936 and a member of the 
Seventh Day Adventist 
Church. 

He is survived by his step- 
daughter, Betty Brooks, of 
Lake Isabella; his brother, 
Walter Szabo of San Diego; 
three grandchildren, Jo Ann ~ 
Robbins, Larry Stabin and Dr. 
Eugene Nitowski; several 
great-grandchildren and great- 
great-grandchildren; his 
nephew, David Szabo and two 
nieces, Joyce Varonfakis and 
Sharon Outhouse. 




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it was Ben's wish that fam- 
ily and friends remember him 
by making memorial donations 
to Kern Hospice, 4300 Stine 
Rd., Suite 720, Bakersfield, 
California 93313. Ben will be 
greatly missed by his family 
and many friends. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 

Eloise M. 
Devereaux 

Private family services have 
been held for Eloise M. 
Devereaux, 70, of Wofford 
Heights. Born May 6, 1926, in 
Bourbonnais, Illinois, Mrs. 
Devereaux passed away on 
October 20, 1996, in a local 
hospital after a brief illness. 

An 8-year Kern River Val- 
ley resident, she was a retired 
nurse having last worked at 
Glendale Adventist Hospital. 
She was a member of St. Jude 
Catholic Church in Wofford 
Heights and greatly enjoyed 
traveling, reading and crochet- 
ing. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Lawrence Devereaux of 
Wofford Heights; a son, James 
Granger of Lafayette, Indiana; 
a daughter, Kathy Morgan of 
Bartow, Florida; a sister, 



Pauline Merino of St. Ann, Illi- 
nois; a brother, Paul La Gesse 
of Momence, Illinois; and four 
grandchidren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 



Laura Katherine 
Carmichael 

Graveside services were 
held Monday, October 28, 
1996, at 1 p.m. at the Kern 
River Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights for Laura Katherine 
Carmichael of Lake Isabella. 
Officiating was Pastor Floyd 
Castillo of the Highland Chapel 
United Methodist Church. 

Laura was born April 2, 1 905 
in Cabron, Indiana, and 
passed away on October 22, 
1996, in Bakersfield, Califor- 
nia. She was 91 years old. 

She has been a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for 28 
years and a member of the 
Highland Chapel United Meth- 
odist Church and the 55-t- Club. 
She enjoyed her gardening. 

Laura is survived by her 
nephew, George Infange of 
Newbury Pari<, California; and 
her niece, Oawn Avery Sage 
of Sacramento, California; 
stepdaughter, Gloria Morris of 
Houston, Texas; and her com- 
panion and dear friend, Rich- 
ard Zahnter of Lake Isabella; 
and her close friend, Thelma 
Wagner, of Scottsdale, Ari- 
zona. She will be missed by 
all. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 



Theresa B. 
Christopher 

A memorial service for 
Theresa Bridget Christopher 
was held at the Rose Chapel at 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home at 
11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, No- 
vembers, 1996. Interment will 
be in Cloquet, Minnesota. 

TheresawasborninCloquet, _ 
Minnesota on October 3, 1 905, 
to Oscar and Margaret 
Mclntyre. She received all of 
her schooling there and in 1 926 
married Willard Christopher. 
~^fter the"death ofTier nusoanu, 
Theresa was solely committed 
to raising theirtwo children. She 
worked in Torrance for Garrett 
Air Research Corporation as 
office manager, purchased her 
own home, and provided ex- 
cellent education for her chil- 
dren. She was a strong, inde- 
pendent, family oriented 
woman. 

Her life centered around her 
children and she instilled into 
them her commitment to their 
religious belief, their commit- 
ment to hard work and commit- 
ment to family. 

Theresa moved to the Kern 
River Valley in 1 992. She loved 
her rose garden, baking for her 
family and was thankful for ev- 
ery day. She was always there 
for her four generations of fam- 
ily, ready to listen, give advice 
or lend a helping hand. 

She is sun/ived.by her son 
Bill and wife Mary of Lake Isa- 
bella; daughter Mary Ann 
Steinhauer and husband Rob- 
ert of Palos Verdes, California; 
sister Margaret Ann Johnson 
of Colquet, Minnesota; brother 
Allen James Mclntyre of Min- 
neapolis, Minnesota; brother 
Harold John Mclntyre of 
Cloquet, Minnesota; seven 
grandchildren and nine great- 
grandchildren. Her brother John 
Mclntyre preceded her in death. 
She will truly be missed by all 
who knew her. 

Arrangements provided by 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, 
November 6, 1996 



Monty W. 
Bencoma 

At his request, no services 
will be held for Mo nty Williiam ' 
Bencoma who entered eternal 
rest on October 30, 1996, at a 
Bakersfield hospital after a 
lengthy battle with heart dis- 

Monty was born in Oakland, 
California, on April 3, 1941 to 
Raymond and Grace Bencoma 
and moved to the Kern River 
area as an infant where his 
father was working in the log- 
ging industry. It was as a small 
child he learned the logging 
business and his appreciation 
of the great outdoors. Monty 
worked in the logging business 
for Sierra Forest Logging Com- 
pany for 35 years. He loved his 
work so much his family con- 
sidered it his hobby. 

He passed on to his children 
his love for camping, fishing, 
hunting and knowledge of the 
great outdoors. He enjoyed his 
children and vyas a great father 

'° Shad a great sense of - 

evenbeforetheywerebom^He 
llso was always there to lend a 

helpmg hand to anyone who 
neSied help. His sense of hu- 
morlndeafed him to anyone 
NA/ho knew h m and he will oe 
Ter^embered with fondness by 

all who knew him. 

He is survived by his wire 



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James 
Spellman, Sr. 

James Spellman, Sr., a Los 
Angeles area Realtor and tech- 
nical advisor for television and 
motion pictures for the U.S. Air 
Force Recruiting Service, has 
died. He was 66. 

Spellman, a long-time resi- 
dent of Simi Valley and recently 
the Lake Isabella community of 
Weldon in Kern County, died 
October 26 at the James W. 
Wadsworth VA Medical Center 
in West Los Angeles, a family 
spokesman stated. 

Born July 6, 1 930, Spellman 
was a native of Salem, Massa- 
chusetts, and a nephew to the 
late Francis Cardinal Spellman, 
the popular Archbishop of New 
York and Military Vicar to the 
Armed Services during the 50's 
and 60's. Spellman entered 
military services with the U.S. 
Air Force in 1948 and was 
trained in the food service field. 
A veteran of the Korean Con- 
flict, Spellman's 22-year Air 
Force career included overseas 
tours to Okinawa, Frobisher 
Bay, Baffin Island and Hawaii. 
His decorations include the 
Good Conduct Medal, U.N. 
Service Medal, American De- 
fense Medal, Occupation Medal 
(Japan), Korean Service Medal, 
Longevity Service Award with 
five oak leaf clusters, the Air ' 
Force Commendation Medal 
and the Air Force Outstanding 
Service Award. 

In his other previous special 
assignment with the Ground 
Observer Corps, Spellman was 
commended by the governor 
and state civil defense director 
of New Jersey for his outstand- 
ing work. However, it was his 
nearly 1 0-year career with the 
Air Force Recruiting Service 
that Spellman excelled. In 1 964, 
he was honored as the best 
recruitfer-salesman on the West 
Coast (an eight-state area) with 
a better than 200 percent of his 
recruiting objective across the 
board - winning the "Top Tiger" 
trophy five of the six times it 
was awarded. 

As a behind-the-scenes tech- 
nical advisor to the Hollywood 



Wednesday, 
November 6, 1996 



entertainment industry, 
Spellman was responsible for 
the correct portrayal of Air Force 
service members in such mov- 
ies and television series as "No 
Time for Sergeants," "I Dream 
of Jeannie," and "That Girl." 
Prior to his retirement in 1970 
as a Master Sergeant, Spellman 
was honored by the Air Force 
Association and Senator Barry 
Goldwater as the top non-com- 
missioned officer in the state of 
California for all armed forces 
in 1 969, and was top recruiter 
for the U.S. Air Force through- 
out the entire United States. 

In 1 972, Spellman began his 
civilian career with Red Carpet 
Realtors and quickly became a 
Million Dollar Club member the 
same year. He was rapidly pro- 
moted to Vice President and 
Director of Public Relations for 
Giant, Inc. , the parent company 
of Red Carpet. During that time, 
Spellman became a prominent 
member within The Masquers 
Club - Hollywood's oldest pri- 
vate theatrical club - working 
with such notables as Jimmy 
Stewart, Georgie Jessel, Fred 
Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Jim 
Backus, Gene Autry, former Los 
Angeles mayor Tom Bradley 
and "Apollo 1 1 " astronaut Buzz 
Aldrin. 

Spellman was also involved 
with the Variety Arts Theatre of 
Hollywood and The Magic 
Castle. He was a Century Club 
member of the Simi Valley Boys 
and Girls Club, and involved 
with fundraising campaigns for 
"Toys for Tots," numerous golf 
tournaments and testimonial 
dinners for Hollywood celebri- 
ties, the "Hollywood Christmas 
Parade" and Christmas parties 
for underprivileged and needy 
children. 

After brief career moves with 
Better Homes & Garden Realty 
of Encino and James R. Gary & 
Company, Ltd. Realtors in 
Woodland Hills, Spellman relo- 
cated to the Kern River Valley 
to pursue restoration and re- 



modeling of his A-Frame retire- 
ment home overlooking Lake 
Isabella. 

Spellman is preceded in 
death by his father, Francis 
James Spellman of Salem, 
Montana. Survivors include his 
wife of over 40 years, the former 
Virginiann Futia of White Plains, 
New York (now in Weldon); four 
sons, former Air Force Captain 
James Spellman, Jr., of Mt. 
Mesa; Scott Anthony Spellman 
of Weldon; Darryl Wayne 
Spellman of Simi Valley; Duane 
Allen Spellman of Aurora, Colo- 
rado; daughter Cindy Jean 
Marie Spellman Brown of 
Frazier Park, California; plus 
four grandchildren, Cory Marie 
Spellman, Christopher James 
Spellman, Chad Nicholas 
Spellman and Christian Allan 
Brown. 

Surviving family members 
also include Spellman's mother 
and stepfather, Mrs. Iva and 
Mr. Phill LaBonte of Salem, 
Massachusetts; mother-in-law 
Frances Futia of Weldon; 
brother-in-law Anthony Futia, 
Jr. of White Plains, New York; 
brothers William Spellman of 
Visalia, California; Richard 
Spellman of Sanford, Maine; 
and five sisters, Frances 
Benway of Silver Springs, 
Florida; Margaret Goodwin and 
Mary Schiebe of Salem, Mas- 
sachusetts; Dorothy MacAskill 
of Peabody, Massachusetts; 
Elizabeth Picariello of 
Swampscott, Massachusetts; 
and numerous nieces and 
nephews. 

Private memorial services 
with Military Honors rendered 
by Edwards Air Force Base's 
nine-member "Blue Eagles" 
Honor Guard and Rifle Team 
were conducted at the Los An- 
geles National Cemetery on 
November 1, 1996. Separate 
memorial services and a 
Celebratory Mass for family 
members in Massachusetts 
were held on November 2, 
1 996. Final interment is sched- 
uled to take place at Arlington 
National Cemetery in Virginia. 
In lieu of flowers, donations may 
be made to the American Can- 
cer Society. 



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Leslie Eugenia 
Jeanson 

A funeral service was con- 
ducted Wednesday, October 
30, 1 996 at the Highland Chapel 
United Methodist Church for 
Leslie Eugenia Jeanson of Lake 
Isabella by Pastor Floyd R. 
Castillo. 

Leslie was born on June 12, 
1 91 0, to Roy E. Greenlee and 
Lola Woodail in the town of 
Leon, West Virginia. She at- 
tended several colleges and 
universities including West Vir- 
ginia University, Morris Harvey 
College, Columbia University, 
Ohio State University and Uni- 
versity of California at Berke- 
ley. She earned masters de- 
grees in botany, biology and 
teaching. 

She taught school in West 
Virginia for 13 years before 
entering the U.S. Navy in 1942 
where she served as a Lieuten- 
ant in the communications field. 
She married Hugh Jeanson on 
December 21, 1946, and was 
released from the Navy after 
the birth of their first child in 
1948. 

Leslie moved to the Los An- 
geles area and worked substi- 
tuting and teaching from about 
1 953 until she came to the Kern 
RiverValleyin 1959. She taught 
at Kern Valley High School until 
her retirement in 1975. 



She was well known as a 
botanist and knew most of the 
plants in the Kern Valley. In her 
home state of West Virginia, 
sl i« is CI edited will ixtiscovering 
a tree that had not yet been 
found in that state. 

Leslie is survived by her two 
daughters, Ro Silvester of An- 
chorage, Alaska, and Judith 
Protiva of Peace Valley, Mis- 
souri. She is also survived by 
two brothers. Ken Greenlee of 
Indiana and Roy Greenlee of 
St. Louis, Missouri. Her hus- 
band, Hugh Jeanson, pre-de- 
ceased her in 1991 . There are 
five grandchildren, as well as 
many nieces and nephews. She 
will be missed by all of us. Inter- 
ment will be at Forest Lawn 
Memorial Park, Glendale, Cali- 
fornia, where she will be laid to 
rest alongside her late husband. 

Donations in her memory 
may be made to the Lake Isa- 
bella Senior Center and to the 
Women in Military Service for 
America Memorial Foundation, 
Dept. 560, Washington DC 
20042-0560 (Membership 
#368866). 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Vincent Walter 
Marcy, Jr. 

Vincent Walter Marcy, Jr., 
was born on April 8, 1 948, in 
Los Angeles, California, to 
Vincent and Lorraine Marcy. He 



entered into eternal life on Oc- 
tober 27, 1996, in Bakersfield. 

He attended Granada Hills 
High School, Pierce Junior 
College and Bakersfield Col- 
lege. He served in the U.S. Army 
during the Viet Nam war. He 
married Mary Ellen Overman 
on July 20, 1971 in Burbank, 
California, and they moved to 
the Kern River Valley in 1973. 
He worked with his father at the 
Vincent W. Marcy Insurance 
Agency in Mt. Mesa, later pur- 
chasing it from his father; and 
in 1 987, he and his son Walter, 
entered into business as All 
American Mustang Co., also in 
Mt. Mesa. 

Vincent had a wonderful, 
quiet sense of humor, loved 
being with and caring for his 
family. He was always there to 
help others, preferring to help 



them behind the scenes, taking 
little or no credit for his kind- 
ness. He loved to mine for gold 
and was a member of Gold 
Prospectors Association of 
America. Vincent was also one 
of the founders of the Lake Isa- 
bella Amateur Radio Associa- 
tion and was very active in the 
group, as well as a member of 
the Shelby American Automo- 
bile Club. 

He is survived by his loving 
wife Mary Ellen; son Vincent 
Walter Marcy III; daughter 
Lorraine Ellen Marcy; his 
mother Lorraine Marcy; uncles 
Shenwood A. Wagner, Fredrick 
E. Wagner; mother-in-law Ina 
Mae Overman; and his beloved 
Dalmation, Shelby; along with 
numerous cousins and many 
friends. 

At his request, there will be 



no service and in lieu of flowers 
the family asks donations be 
made to the Kern Valley Ama- 
teur Radio Association, P.O. 
Box A.M., Lake Isabella. 

Arrangements were made by 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 
Ruth Marie; daughters Monica 
Kleeman, Montana Bencoma, 
Michelle Bencoma, all of Wel- 
don; son Timothy Bencoma of 
Onyx; and nine-month-old 
grandson. Cole. Monty also 
leaves numerous nieces and 
nephews plus brothers Virgil 
Eller of Weldon; Raymond and 
Donald, both of Porterville; 
Gary, Tracy and Nick, all of 
Weldon; and his sister Trudy 
Barraza of Bakersfield. 

Arrangements provided by 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, 
November 6, 1996 



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Betty Jane Olson 

Graveside services were 
held Friday, November 1 , 1 996, 
at 1:00 p.m. for Betty Jane 
Olson at Kern River Valley Cem- 
eteryr-Officiating was Pastor 
John Carpenter of the Kernville 
United Methodist Church. Mrs. 
Olson was born January 21, 
1925 in Pennsylvania and 
passed away October 28, 1 996, 
in Mt. Mesa, California. 

She was a resident of the 
Kern River Valley for seven 
years. She was very active in 
the Nazarene Church in Lake 
Isabella. Mrs. Olson loved trav- 
eling, camping and fishing. She 
visited the nursing center and 
people around the valley. She 
never knew a stranger. She was 
a wonderful and loving mother. 

Mrs. Olson is survived by her 
husband Charles of Lake Isa- 
bella; and her daughers Carol 
Lawrence of Garden Grove; 
Barbara Beuike of Chatsworth; 
Ginny Murray of Santa Clarita; 
Linda White of Oregon; and 
Terry White of Alaska. She is 
also survived by her stepdaugh- 
ters Patsy Eisenhauer of 
Ridgecrest and Kathleen 
Forsythe of North Dakota; her 
stepson Charles T. Olson of 
Long Beach; and 13 grandchil- 
dren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Katie Ree Leach 

Funeral services were Iieic 
Wednesday, October 30, 1 996, 
at 1 :00 p.m. at Olive Lawn Me- 
morial Park in La Mirada, Cali- 
fornia, for Katie R ee Leach . 
Officiating was Pastor Paul 
Washikawa. 

Katie was born February 2, 
1919 in Black Oak, Arkansas, 
and passed away October 25, 
1996, in Mt. Mesa. She moved 
to Lake Isabella from Para- 
mount, California, where she 
lived for many years. 

She loved country and west- 
ern music and spending time 
with her family. She was a lov- 
ing mother and grandmother. 

Katie is survived by her 
daughter Judith Swanson of 
Lake Isabella; and her sons 
Michael Leach of Lompoc, and 
Jimmy Leach of City of Orange; 
and eight grandchildren and 1 3 
great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Margaret Lillian 
Carter 

Graveside services were 
held Monday, November 4, 
1996, at 2.00 p.m. at Kern River 
Valley Cemetery for Margaret 
Lillian Carter. Officiating was 
Pastor James Lee of the Valley 
Community Church. 

Mrs. Carter was born Sep- 
tember 22, 1 91 2 in Los Ange- 
les, California, and passed 
away on October 30, 1996, in 
Bakersfield, California. She was 
a resident of Bodfish and a Kern 
County resident for 53 years. 
She was a member of the Single 
Side Band Club and her CB 
handle was "Mom C." She loved 
to read and crochet and gar- 
den. 

She is survived by her sons 
and daughters-in-law, James 
and Patsy Carter of Bakers- 
field; and Donald and Lee Carter 
of Oregon; five grandchildren 
and nine great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Charles S. Street 

Charles Smiley Street of 
Lake Is abell a, entered into eter- 
nal rest on October 26, 1 996, at 
a Bakersfield hospital at the 
age of 76. He was born in St. 
Louis, Missouri, on October 1 7, 
1 920. He served in World War 
II in the U.S. Army and was 
active in the Aleutian Islands 
Campaign. 

He moved to the Kern River 
Valley in 1975 from Southern 
California where he had worked 
for many years for the Herald 
Examiner. After moving to the 
lake area, he worked for the 
Kernville Union School District 
at Woodrow Wallace in the 
maintenance department. He 
retired from there after 1 1 years 
of service. 

Charles was an avid bowler 
prior to his illness and he espe- 
cially enjoyed Francine's Fam- 
ily Restaurant and considered 
all the waitresses there his spe- 
cial friends. 

He was a devoted husband 
and caretaker to his wife 
Audrey, who predeceased him 
in January 1995. Charles is 
survived by his sisters, Anna 
May Rengers of Bodfish, and 
Betty Lou Andrews of Hawaii. 

Arrangements were made by 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, November 13, 1996 



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Primo Anthony 
Pazzelli 

Primo Pazzelli was born in a 
village in LeMarche Providence, 
Italy on September 14, 1910.' 
As a young mar, his father, 
Antonio Pazzelli, went to the 
United States, worked very hard 
and then returned to Italy and 
married Poalina Paccamicco 
Antonio Pazzelli and his wife 
Poalina, along with their two 
small children, Susie and Primo 
immigrated to the United States 
in 1913 when Primo was three 
years old. The family eventu- 
ally settled in Perris Valley, Cali- 
fornia where they operated a 
dairy farm. After the farm was 
sold, the family, which now in- 
cluded six children, moved to 
North Hollywood and estab- 
lished a small retail grocery 
store and wholesale produce 
business. Primo attended Van 
Nuys High School. 

In 1 938 Primo started work- 
ing as a laborer for Twentieth 
Century Fox. He worked hard 
and soon became a crane and 
dolly operator (the key grip) for 
famed lighting director, Leon 
Shamroy. Primo worked on 
many films, including "The King 
and I" and "South Pacific" 



in 1 956 Primo left the studio 
moved to Kernville, and witfi 
his wife, Leah, started Prime's 
Deli. Primo and Leah divorced 
in 1 967 and both agreed to sell 
the business in 1972. During 
his first years in Kernville, Primo 
worked hard to establish the 
Kern River Golf course, and he 
IS a charter member of the Men's 
Club. 

Primo enjoyed retirement. At 
last he had time to fish and golf 
and tend to his treasured gar- 
den. On October 13, 1972 he 
married Beth Wood of Kern- 
ville. They enjoyed traveling and 
entertaining friends and family 
at their home in Kernville. 

Primo Pazzelli died Novem- 
ber 5, 1996. He was preceded 
in death by his parents Poalina 
and Antonio Pazzelli and his 
sister, Susie Pantalone. He is 
survived by his wife, Beth; 
brother, Louis Pazzelli and wife' 
Irene; sister. Rose Fontanella 
and husband, Steve; sister, 
Yola Bruno and husband' 
Charies, sister, Dolly Magliocco 
and husband, George and 
many nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Monty W. 
Bencoma 

At his request, no services 
will be held for Monty Williiam 
Bencoma who entered eternal 
rest on October 30, 1996, at a 
Bakersfield hospital after a 
lengthy battle with heart dis- 
ease. 

Monty was born in Oakland, 
California, on April 3, 1941 to 
Raymond and Grace Bencoma 
and moved to the Kern River 
area as an infant where his 
father was working in the log- 
ging industry. It was as a small 
child he learned the logging 



business and his appreciation 
of the great outdoors. Monty 
worked in the logging business 
for Sierra Forest Logging Com- 
pany for 35 years. He loved his 
work so much his family con- 
sidered it his hobby. 

He passed on to his children 
his love for camping, fishing, 
hunting and knowledge of the 
great outdoors. He enjoyed his 
children and was a great father 
to them. 

Monty had a great sense of 
humor and loved to joke with 
everyone. He loved giving 
people nicknames, often nick- 
naming nieces and nephews 
even before they were born. He 
also was always there to lend a 
helping hand to anyone who 
needed help. His sense of hu- 
mor endeared him to anyone 
who knew him and he will be 
remembered with fondness by 
all who knew him. 

He is survived by his wife 
Ruth Marie; daughters Monica 
Kleeman, Montana Bencoma, 
Michelle Bencoma, all of Wel- 
don; son Timothy Bencoma of 
Onyx; and nine-month-old 
grandson, Cole. Monty also 
leaves numerous nieces and 
nephews plus brothers Virgil 
Eller of Weldon; Raymond and 
Donald, both of Porterville; 
Gary, Tracy and Nick, all of 
Weldon; and his sister Trudy 
Barraza of Bakersfield. 

Arrangements provided by 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



James Lloyd 
Moore 

A graveside service was held 
Friday, November 8 at Kern 
River Cemetery for James Lloyd 
Moore, 69, who entered eter- 
nal life at his residence m Lake 
Isabella on November 4, 199b^ 
Pastor David Snow of the First 
Baptist Church in Lake Isabella 

officiated. 

James was born in Bnstow, 
Oklahoma on February 14, 
1927 to Oscar and Mildred 
Moore. He received all of his 
schooling in Oklahoma and af- 
ter moving to California, resided 
in Santa Paula for 35 years. He 
married Genevieve Fullerton on 
January 23, 1 971 in Las Vegas 
and they moved to the Lake 
area. They spent 3 years in the 
Kernville area, and were own- 
ers of the McCambridge Lodge. 
They then returned to Okla- 
homa, settling in Shawnee and 
about five years ago returned 
to the Kern River Valley area. 
James worked for Safeway 
Food Stores as a meat cutter 
for 25 years. He was a great 
lover of the outdoors and loved 
to attend rodeos. 

He is survived by his wife 
Genevieve of Lake Isabella, his 
mother Mildred Moore, brother 
Joe Moore of Phoenix, Arizona 
and son Roger Dean Polly of 
Ventura, daughters Janice Fay 
Hawkins of Ventura, Tammy 
Moore of Shawnee, Oklahoma, 
and Valerie Scott, Meeker, 
Oklahoma. 

He will be greatly missed by 
all who knew and loved him. 

Arrangements provided by 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 

Austin Lee Eoff 

Austin Lee Eoff, infant son of 
Richard and Kelly Eoff, died on 
the day of his birth, November 
4, 1996 in Bakersfield, Califor- 
nia. 



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Wednesday, November 13, 1996 



home in Bodfish on November 
5, 1996 at the age of 46. Offici- 
ating was Don Wilson, Chap- 
lain of Hoffman Hospice and 
good friend Joyce Vandenberg. 
Robert was born in Los An- 
geles, California on July 8, 1 950 
to Hubert Clayton and Reta Mae 
Tucker. He received his school- 
ing in Downey, graduating from 
Downey High School. After 
graduation he entered the U.S. 
Navy, serving on the U.S.S. 
Ranger. After leaving the Navy 
he attended school in Long 
Beach, taking courses in elec- 
tronics. He then became a 
technican, specializing in Copy 
Machines. ,^ ^ 

Robert has been a resident 
of the Kern Valley for ten years 
and we remember him as the 
owner of R.C. Copiers. He op- 
erated his business until his 
illness made it necessary for 
him to remain at home. 

Robert is survived by his 
grandmother, Mary Klattof Lake 
Isabella, his wife Sharon, his 
two daughters Sandy Tucker of 
Sacramento, Mary Ann Tucker 
of Marysville and two sons 
Jonathan Gordon and Zachary 
Gordon of Bodfish, his brother 
William Klatt who lives in Kan- 
sas and an aunt, Eileen Hale of 
Florida. His parents preceded 
him in death. 

Robert will be truly missed 
by all who knew and loved him. 
Arrangements provided by 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Robert Clayton 
Tucker 

A memorial service was held 
on Friday, November 8, 1996 
at the Eagle's Lodge in Mt. 
Mesa, for Robert Clayton 
Tucker who passed away at h^s 



Jacob Robert 
Borman (Jake) 

Funeral services were held 
Friday November 8, 1996 at 
12-00 at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel for Jake Borman of 
Lake Isabella, Officiating was 
Pastor Deryl Lackey of Mt. 
View So. Baptist Church. In- 
terment was at Kern River 



Valley Cemetery. Mr. Borman 
was born November 6,1916 in 
Barns, Kansas and passed 
away November 5, 1 996 in Mt. 
Mesa, California. 

He loved hunting and fish- 
ing and sports and his Angels 
team. He was a wonderful 
neighbor and friend. He en- 
joyed hearing the children in 
the neighborhood play. He is 
survived by his wife of 53 years, 
Hazel and his brothers, Henry 
Borman of Kansas and Ed- 
ward Borman of Indiana. His 
sisters. Ester Ammerman of 
New Jersey and Freda Osgood 
of Los Angeles, Ruth Nations 
of Lake Isabella, Gertrude 
Richardson of Fallbrook, Stella 
Austin of Kansas, Martha 
Anderson of Kansas, and sis- 
ter-in-law and husband. Alma 
and Edward Baxter of Mission 
Viejo, California, and many 
nieces and nephews. Arrange- 
ments by Valley Mortuary. 

Roy V. Brown 

Private arrangements were 
made for Roy V. Brown who 
passed away November 6, 
1996 in Mt. Mesa. Mr. Brown 
was born April 8, 1910 in 
Randolf, Texas and has been 
a resident of the Kern River 
Valley for the past 20 years. 
He loved to fish, and said that's 
why he moved here. He was 
preceded in death by his wife 
Virble. He is survived by his 
son Ken Brown of Amarillo, 
Texas and daughter Dolores 
Stone of Piano, Texas, and 7 
grandchildren and 7 great- 
grandchildren. 
Arrangements by Valley 

Mortuary. 



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George Mathas 
Stewart 

Visitation was held Saturday, 
November 23, 1996, at 4 to 8 
p.m., for George Mathas 
Stewart, age 68. Funeral ser- 
vices were held at 1 p.m. on 
Sunday, November 24, 1996, 
at Jones Mortuary in Lakeport, 
California. Reverend Gerald 
Hosman officiated. Burial fol- 
lowed at Kelsewllle Cemetery 
in Kelseyvllle, California, at 1 1 
a.m. on Monday, November 25, 
1996. 

George was born August 6, 
1928, in Story, Arkansas, and 
passed away at his home of 22 
years in Kelseyvllle on Novem- 
ber 19, 1996. Prior to living in 
Kelseyvllle, he resided for 21 
years in Harbor City, Califor- 
nia. He was employed for 27 
years at Gallup Plumbing. 

He enjoyed traveling and 
fishing. George was a member 
of Q.R.A. Travel Club and the 
Laborer's Union Local #802 in 
Willmington, California for 27 
years. 

George is survived by his 
wife, Roberta (Bertie) Stewart 
of Kelseyvllle, California; sons 
and daughters-in-law: Bruce 



and Leslie Stewart of Lake Isa- 
bella, California; Jerry and 
Nancee Stewart of Kernville, 
California; Bart and Cindy 
Stewart of Leggett, California; 
and Barry and Pat Kimberly of 
Weldon, California; daughters 
and sons-in-law: Brenda and 
Kenneth Erhardt also of Wel- 
don; Bea and Steve Sims of 
San Ramon, California; Linda 
and Buddy Franklin of 
Clearlake, California; and 
Sharon and Fred Daniels of 
Brush Prairie, Washington. He 
is also survived by his brothers 
and sisters-in-law: J.C. and 
Katherine Stewart of Fallbrook, 
California; and Bob and Pat 
Stewart, also of Fallbrook; sis- 
ters and brothers-in-law: Lena 
and Les Haselwood, Lona 
Hoover, Luna Allen, all of 
Fallbrook; and Laverne and 
George Freeman of Ivanhoe, 
Texas. Other survivors include 
George's 23 arandchildren, 19 
great-grandchildren and two 
areat-great-grandchildren; his 
former wife, Nora Mae Hickock, 
of Wofford Heights, California; 
as well as many nieces, neph- 
ews and other relatives. 

Donations may be made in 
George's name either to the 



American Cancer Society, Mary 
Sullivan/Memorial Chair, P.O. 
Box 86, Lower Lake, California 
95457, or to the Hospice of 
Lake Co., P.O. Box 1430, 
Clearlake, California 95422. 

Arrangements by Jones 
Mortuary, Lakeport, California. 

Daniel H. Larsen 

Daniel H. Larsen passed 
away at his home in Squirrel 
Valley at 11:30 a.m., Novem- 
ber 16, 1996. He was born 
October 30, 1914 in San Fran- 
cisco, California, where he had 
his schooling. During World War 
II, he served in the Merchant 
Marines aboard an aircraft car- 
rier as a fireman in the South 
Seas. 

He moved to Squirrel Valley 
in 1 983, where he built a home. 
He was a member of the Ma- 
sonic Lodge for 46 years, first 
joining in Van Nuys, later trans- 
ferring to Lodge No. 827 in 
Kernville. He was also a mem- 
ber of the Loyal Order of Moose 
No. 498, in Lake Isabella. He 
attended the Jehovah's Witness 
Kingdom Hall, Lake Isabella. 

Daniel is survived by his be- 
loved Bertha and his only son, 
John Larsen, of San Francisco. 
The deceased requested no 
services. Cremation was by the 
Neptune Society in Fresno. 



Wednesday, December 4, 1996 



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Glenn Edward 
(Bud) Mailing 

Glenn Edward (Bud) Mailing 
was born in Seattle, yVashing- 
ton, on August 23, 1920. He 
entered eternal rest on Novem- 
ber 15, 1996, at San Joaquin 
Hospital in Bakersfield, at the 
age of 76. 

Bud received his schooling 
in Seattle and moved to Califor- 
nia where he worked as a 
Shipfitters helper before enter- 
ing the U.S. Army to serve in 
World War 11. He served in the 
Northern Solomons and the 
Asian Pacific. After leaving the 
service, he worked as a ma- 
chinist. 

He was a resident of the lake 
area for 1 5 years, living in Bod- 
fish. 

Bud never married and his 
parents and only brother pre- 
ceded him in death. However, 
he leaves close friends, Ottis 
Simmons, Robert Mott, and 
Marge and George McCIuskey, 
all of Bodfish. At his request, no 
services will be held and 
inurnment will be at Riverside 
National Cemetery. 

Arrangements provided by 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 

Luther Floyd 
Sanger 

Memorial services will be 
held at a later date for Luther 
Royd Sanger of Lake Isabella. 
Luther was born September 29, 
1924, in Enid, Oklahoma, and 
passed away in a local conva- 
lescent hospital on November 
22, 1 996. He was 72 years old. 



Luther was a retired truck 
driver and a 25 year resident of 
the Kern River Valley. 

He was preceded in death 
by his wife of 30 years, Ruth N. 
Sanger in 1992. 

Survivors include his step- 
daughter, Roberta Searl of 
Tujunga; three grandchildren, 
Michael R. "Martin; David M. 
MartinjA^and Michelle M. 
WiecSCTBk and his sister, Ifene 
Wysong of Woodward, Okla- 
homa. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 

Dolores Moore- 
Weisenberg 

A memorial service was held 
at 10 a.m. on Friday, Novem- 
ber 22, 1996, for Dolores 
Moore-Weisenberg. Services 
were held at the Holy Family 
Catholic Church in Glendale, 
California, with Reverend Shay 
officiating. Interment followed 
at Murmuring Trees Forest 
Lawn - Hollywood Hills, Los 
Angeles. California. 

Dolores was born June 30, 
1914, in Pierz, Minnesota, and 
passed away November 17, 
1996, in Glendale, California. 
She was a former resident of 
Wofford Heights, as well as 
Hemet, California. 

Arrangements by Forest 



Lawn Mortuary in Hollywood 
Hills, California. 

James D. Linton 

James D. Linton, age 74, of 
Bruneau, died Thursday, No- 
vember 14, 1996, at a military 
base hospital. 

No local services will be held. 
Funeral services were held 
Sunday, November 17, 1996, 
at the Church of Christ in 
Ringling, Oklahoma. Burial fol- 
lowed at the Ringling Memorial 
Cemetery. Local arrangements 
were under the direction of 
Summers Funeral Homes, 
McMurtrey Chapel in Mountain 
Home. 

James was born September 
16, 1922, in Coalgate, Okla- 
homa, the son of Duffy and Ada 
Strickland Linton. 

He worked as a rancher and 
owned and operated Western 
Store in Lake Isabella, Califor- 
nia, selling clothing, feed and 
vet supplies. He shod horses 
for the Cavalry, and retired in 
1971 as a Lake Patrol Officer 
from the Lake Isabella Police 
Department. 

James was a World War II 
veteran. He nroved to Bruneau, 
four years ago from DeKalb, 
Texas. 

He enjoyed breaking horses, 
hunting and raising game chick- 
ens. 

James is survived by his wife, 
Roxie Linton of Bruneau; his 
daughter, Gerrie Alsip and her 
husband, Chris, of Grand View; 
one brother, Carol Linton; three 
sisters, Lillian Lawrence, Ruth 
Price and Lora Skinner, all of 
Oklahoma; two grandchildren 
and one great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by 
both parents. 



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Travis Gail Jordan 

Travis Gail Jordan entered 
eternal life on November 27, 
1996, at Kern Valley Hospital. 
Travis was born in Hamburg, 
Arkansas, on August 17, 1923, 
to Walter and Vera Jordan. He 
attended grade school in Ar- 
kansas, moved to California and 
graduated from Lincoln High 
School in Lincoln Heights. 

He served in the U.S. Navy 
during World War II. After the 
war, Travis worked for Dodge 
Trophy Company and while 
there, he met Mary Murray, a 
lovely Scottish lassie and they 
were married on November 22, 
1 950. He then began a 30 year 
care er withjhe Co unty of Los 
AngeTes as a sheet metal 
worker. 

Travis was a member of the 
local Moose Lodge, loved to 
fish and was a devoted Chris- 
tian. He was a member of the 
First Baptist Church of Lake 
Isabella, where services were 
held on Tuesday, December 2, 
1996, by Pastor David Snow. 

He was also a loving father 
and husband. Travis is survived 
by his wife of 46 years, Mary; 
and son, Mark Jordan, of Lake 
Isabella. He will be greatly 
missed. 

Arrangements made by Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Theron Reid Cox 

Services were held on 
Wednesday, November 27, 
1 996, at the First Baptist Church 
of Lake Isabella for Theron Reid 
Cox who passed away at his 
home in Weldon on the morn- 
ing of November 24, 1996. Pas- 
tor David Snow officiated. 

He was born in Pontotoc, 
Mississipp i^n November 16, 
1912. He received Ills early 
schooling in Tupelo, and has 
lived in many areas of the U.S. 
He married Minnie Mae Harris 
on February 27, 1933 in 
BIythesville, Arkansas and they 
lived for 37 years in Kingsburg, 
California, where he worked for 
Del Monte Foods Co. 

After living in several areas, 
he found the lake area to be the 
best and was happiest in the 
lake area. He particularly en- 
joyed walking on the vacant 
land near his home with his two 
dogs, Nick and Bobby, and until 
his health prevented him. He 
enjoyed working on old auto- 
mobile engines. One of his great 
joys, were his grandchildren. 

In addition to his wife Minnie, 
he is survived by two sons, 
Kenneth of Kingsburg, and 
Rudy of Bakersfield; and daugh- 
ter Doris of Bakersfield, along 
with 16 grandchildren and 27 
great-grandchildren. He will be 
greatly missed by all who knew 
and loved him. 

Arrangements made by Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



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Gertrude Lambert 

Funeral services were held 
on Thursday, December 5, 
1996, at 11:00 a.m. at Shep- 
herd of the Hills Lutheran 
Church for Gertrude Lambert 
of Lake Isabella. Officiating was 
Dr. Marvin Moon. 

Mrs. Lambert was born De- 
cember 31,1 904, in Tahl Harz, 
Germany and passed away af- 
ter a long illness in Lake Isa- 
bella on November 29, 1 996. 

She had been a Real Estate 
Broker for over 50 years, in 
Indiana, Illinois, Oklahoma and 
California. She was a Real Es- 
tate Broker in the Kern River 
Valley when she first moved 
here in 1976. She was a mem- 
ber of the Shepherd of the Hills 
Lutheran Church. 

Mrs. Lambert is survived by 
her son Wally Ahlborn of 



Munising, Michigan; stepson 
Morgan Lambert of Lake Isa- 
bella; stepdaughter Grace 
Shanks of Escondido, Califor- 
nia; and sisters, Helen Lankow 
of Illinois; Elise Robbins of 
Gladstone, Oregon; Charlette 
Beechler of El Cajon, Califor- 
nia; Marge Wollas of Oak Har- 
bor, Washington; and Lois 
Nabors of Arrow Bear, Califor- 
nia; 21 grandchildren and two 
great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Floyd Edward 
Carpenter 

Floyd Edward Carpenter, a 
15 year resident of the Kern 
River Valley, died Monday, 
December 2, 1996, at San 
Joaquin Community Hospital in 



Bakersfield. He was 77. 

He was born on September 
30, 1919. in St. Joseph, Mis- 
souri. He worked as a lather for 
over 20 years. 

Mr. Carpenter is survived by 
Frances Johnson of Lake Isa- 
bella; his daughters Cherrie 
Ruonavaara of Mojave, Cali- 
fornia; Mamie Markiewicz of 
Mesa, Arizona; sister Alice Dale 
of Lake Isabella; seven grand- 
children and 15 great-grand- 
children. 

Graveside services were 
held on Friday, December 6, 
1996, at 1:00 p.m. at the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights. Officiating was 
Pastor Deryl Lackey of the Mt. 
View Southern Baptist Church 
of Lake Isabella. 

Arrangements by Ridgecrest 
Mortuary. 



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Jack "Corky" 
Tibbetts Huston 

A memorial service for Jack 
"Corl<y" Huston, age 68, will be 
held on Wednesday, Decem- 
ber 19, 1996, at 1:00 p.m. at 
Rose Chapel, Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home, with the local 
V.F.W. conducting the cer-. 
emony. 

Corky was born in Bakers- 
field, California, on August 27, 
1 928, to Jack and Carta Huston. 
He attended Bakersfield 
Schools and Pepperdine Col- 
lege. He was a long time resi- 
dent of the Kern River Valley. 
He was interested in all phases 
of living; a talented artist, avid 
reader and loved sports. 

He served his country during 
the Korean War from 1 951 to 
1 953 as 2nd Lt. in the Army. He 
received two purple hearts (one 
oak leaf cluster) and numerous 
other battlefield commenda- 
tions. He suffered the rest of his 
life from injuries received dur- 
ing this war. He was very proud 
of and loved his country. 

Corky is survived by his wife 
Carole; son Rocky of Lincoln 
City, Oregon; son Vince and 
wife Bodil of Maaloey, Norway; 
and granddaughter Tiffany 
Roxanne and a sister, Virginia 
Easley of Lincoln City, Oregon; 
his daughter, Roxanne, pre- 
ceded him in death in 1984. He 
also leaves hundreds of friends 
around this valley and the coun- 
try. He will be buried at the 
Riverside National Cemetery. 

Arrangements provided by 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



May Hulse 
Greenway 



A private interment was held 
for May Greenway, age 87, who 
passed away on December 7, 
1996. May was born in Dallas, 
Texas on September 26, 1909 
to George and Willa Hulse. She 
received her schooling in Texas 
and moved to the Los Angeles 
area where she worked as Lead 
Person for Weber Aircraft. She 
married Robert Oswald 



Greenway on August 28, 1978 
and they resided in Northridge, 
California. In 1982 they moved 
to the lake area, settling in Bod- 
fish. 

May and Robert were active 
members of the Good Sam 
Rovers and the Clan Diggers. 
She was a devoted wife to Rob- 
ert, who was the true love of her 
life. 

In addition to Robert, May is 
survived by her sister Dixie and 
husband Merl Kraus of Riverk- 
ern; niece Barbara Jones of 
Santa Maria; one grand- 
nephew, two grand-nieces, a 
great-great-grandnephew and 
two great-great-grandnieces, 
all of whom she loved very 
much. 

She will be greatly missed by 
all who knew and loved her. 

Arrangements were made by 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 

Charles C. 
"Chuck" Weaver 

Services were held on Mon- 
day, December 1 6, 1 996, at the 
Rose Chapel, Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home for Chuck 
Weaver who entered eternal 
rest at his home on December 
11, 1996, after a long illness. 
The VFW conducted the ser- 
vice and his nephew, William 
Weaver, of the First Assembly 
of God in Lemoore, California, 
gave the eulogy. Interment was 
at Riverside National Cemetery 
on Tuesday, December 17, 
1996, with military honors. 

Chuck was born in Poteet, 
Texas on December 30, 1920, 
to Frederick and Amanda 
Weaver. He received his 
schooling there and moved to 
the Los Angeles area in 1 938. 
He married Louise Walther in 
Los Angeles on September 27, 
1942. They and their two sons 
moved to Mt. Mesa in 1 955 and 
opened a bait and tackle shop 
there, and later developed the 
Weavers Trailer Park. 

He served in World War II in 
the Army Air Force, flying 21 
missions over Germany. He 
was amemberofthe local VFW, 
Anierican Legion and the B-1 7 



Crew and Wingmen. Chuck 
loved the outdoors and his hob- 
bies of fishing and hunting were 
shared with his sons and grand- 
son. 

In addition to his wife Louise, 
Chuck is survived by his son 
Timothy Paul "Pete" Weaver 
and grandson Timothy, age 9; 
a sister Mary Jane Moses and 
husband Bob of Santa Cruz; 
special niece Mary Elizabeth 
Lynch of Lake Isabella; neph- 
ews Albert and Val Lynch, and 
Bill Weaver; sister-in-law Sue 
Weaver. A son Frederick 
Charles predeceased Chuck in 
1 991 . Chuck was well loved by 
everyone who knew him and 
will be greatly missed. 

Arrangements made and 
provided by the l-ake Isabella 
Funeral Home. 

Laura Jeanne 
Maeda 

A graveside service was held 
Saturday, December 14, 1996, 
at 10:00 a.m. at the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery for Laura 
Jeanne Maeda of Weldon. Offi- 
ciating was Father Charles 
Casale of St. Jude's Catholic 
Church of Wofford Heights. 

Laura was born November 
28, 1916, in Oklahoma. She 
died December 8, 1 996, at the 
Kern Valley Hospital Nursing 
Center. She was 80 years old. 
Laura was a 16-year resident 
of the Kern River Valley and a 
member of St. Jude's Catholic 
Church. She worked as a sec- 
retary for the Unisys Corp. for 
over 20 years. 

She is survived by her nieces 
Donna Akiona of Westminster, 
California; Stephnie Clark of 
Washington; and nephew 
James Aslin of Idaho. 

Arrangements by Ridgecrest 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday, December 18, 1996 



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Bertha Mae 
Williamson 

Memorial services for Ber- 
tha Mae Williamson, age 75, of 
Lake Isabella, were held on 
Saturday, December 14, 1996, 
at 10:0 a.m. in the Valley Mor- 
tuary Chapel with Pastor Deryf 
Lackey of the Mt. View South- 
ern Baptist Church officiating. 

An eight-year Kern River 
Valley resident, Mrs. Williamson 
was born January 11, 1922 in 
Pasadena. She was a retired 
occupational therapist and 
served in the U.S. Army for 10 
years in the Medical Specialty 
Corps, retiring with the rank of 
captain. After moving to Lake 
Isabella, she enjoyed taking 
classes at Cerro Coso College 
and met many wonderful friends 
there. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Robert L. Williamson of 
Lake Isabella; her daughter, 
Linda Leo of Scottsdale, Ari- 
zona; and her sister, Elizabeth 
Johnson of San Pedro. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 



Rua Alice Collett 

Graveside services for Rua 
Alice Cotlett, age 90, a former 
20-year Kern Rivel^A/alley resi- 
dent, were held on Monday, 
December 16, 1996, at 1:00 
p.m. in the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery, Wofford Heights with 
Pastor Floyd Castillo of the 
Highland Chapel Methodist 
Church officiating. 

Mrs. Collett was born June 
14, 1906 in Cherokee Indian 
Territory before it became the 
state of Oklahoma. When she 
was eight years old, she rode 
with her family in a covered 
wagon to homestead in Ne- 
braska. She moved to Califor- 
nia during World War II. 

She is survived by her daugh- 
ter and son-in-law, Margery and 
J.T. Ferguson of Long Beach; 
her son-in-law, Casey Jones of 
Wofford Heights; a grand- 
daughter Peggy Smith of Yorba 
Linda; three grandsons, Clint 
Ferguson of Irvine, California; 
Cliff Jones of Oklahoma and 
Keith Jones of Tulare, as well 
as nine great-grandchildren. 
Mrs. Collett was preceded in 
death by her husband, Norton 
E. Collett in 1989. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 



Wednesday, December 25, 1996 



95 



Loris d StOQer 

Funeral services for Loris 
C. Stoner, age 79, of Lake 
Isabella were held on Tues- 
day, December 17, 1996, at 
1 1 a.m. atthe Highland Chapel 
United Methodist Church with 
Pastor Floyd Castillo officiat- 
ing. Interment followed at the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery 
in Wofford Heights. 

Loris was born March 2, 
1917, in Waseca, Minnesota 
to Edwin and Emma Fretham, 
the oldest of three daughters. 
She worked as a bookkeeper 
at the Farmer's State Bank in 
Waseca and the D.W. Owen 
Company in Minneapolis be- 
fore moving to California in 
1948. She married Colonel B. 
"Red" Stoner on October 29, 
1948. They lived in Pacoima, 
San Fernando and then re- 
tired to Lake Isabella where 
Loris passed away on Decem- 
ber 12, 1996. 

Loris was an accomplished 
cook, loved her home and was 
devoted to her church. She 
was a member of Highland 
Chapel United Methodist 
Church. 

She was preceded in death 
by her husband on August 29, 
1994. Survivors include a 
daughter Elizabeth Spiegel of 
Cleburne, Texas; two sisters, 
Elaine Saltvold of Richfield, 
Minnesota and Beverly 
Paulson of Roseburg, Oregon; 
four grandchildren, Debbie 
Darlirig, Susan Singleton and 
Mike Turk of Arlington, Texas 
and Patty Hejde of Cleburne, 
Texas. • 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 



Elinor Belle 
Headley 

Private arrangements were 
made for Elinor Belle Headley 
who passed away December 
1 4, 1 996, in Mt. Mesa, Califor- 
nia. 

She was bom May 11,1914, 
in Elko, Nevada and has lived 
in Kern County for over six 
years. She moved to the Kern 
River Valley after retiring from 
the grocery business. She 
owned and operated Elinor's 
Market for over 20 years. She 
enjoyed crocheting and mak- 
ing things for others. 

Elinor is survived by her 
sons Donald Headley of Wof- 
ford Heights; Ray Headley of 
Athambra^ and Gene Headley 
of Modesto, California; also a 
sister, Edith Brown of Wash- 
ington; six grandchildren and 
eight great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Chester "Chef 
Robert Gorden 

Funeral services will be held 
Saturday, December 28, 1996, 
at 1 1 a.m. at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel, for Chester Robert 
Gorden. Officiating will be 
Pastor Deryl Lackey of Mt 
View So. Baptist Church. Visi- 
tation will be held Thursday 
December 26, 1996, from 9 
a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, 
December 27, 1996, from 9 
a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Mr. Gorden was born in Half 
Way, Missouri on November 
21 , 1921 and passed away in 
Bakersfield, California, on 
December 19, 1996. 

He served in the U.S. Coast 
Guard for four years and has 
lived in the Kern River Vglley 
~iorthe"past^ years. He was 
the owner of Chefs Garage' 
for 30 years and was the au- 
thorized towing service for 
AAA for 30 years. 

He is survived by his son 
Robert David Gorden of Gua- 
temala; daughters, Christina 
Arnold of Pasadena, Califor- 
nia; Cynthia Arnote of Los 
Angeles, California; eight 
grandchildren, one great- 
grandchild; sister Loretta Dean 
of Lake Isabella; brothers, Alva 
Gorden of Quartz Hill; Marvin 
Goden of Costa Mesa; and 
Melvin Gorden of Pasadena, 
California. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



9G 



Fred H. Copeland 

Fred H. Copeland, age 74, 
a 1 5-year resident of Wofford 
Heights died Monday, Decem- 
ber 1 6, 1 996, while visiting his 
son Sean in Carlsbad. Born 
July 30, 1922 in Columbus, 
Nebraska, he served as a 1 st 

Lieutenant with ihe U . 87 Army" 
Air Corps during WWII "and 
was an^erospace engifteer 
with the Northrop Corporation 
for 37 years. 

His survivors include wife 
Evelyn M. Qopeland of Wof- 
ford Heights; sons Alan and 
daughter-in-law Judy 

Copeland of Huntington 
Beach; Joseph Copeland- of 
Irvine; James Copeland of 
Redondo Beach; Philip and 
daughter-in-law Sara 

Copeland of Vista; Sean 
Copeland of Carlsbad; Donald 
and daughter-in-law Amy 
Copeland of Woodland Hills; 
daughters Anita and son-in- 
law Kevin Mauch of Moore 
Park; Kathleen and son-in-law 
Tom Guy of Leucadia; broth- 



Wednesday, December 25, 1996 



ers Richard. Copeland of 
WhiWdr; Robert Copeland of 
Huntington Beach; sister Dor- 
othy Lyman of Camarillo; and 
seven grandchildren. 

Visitation was held from 5 
to 8 p.m. Thursday, Decem- 
ber 19, 1996, at Encinitas 
Mortuary, 340 Melrose Av- 
enue, Encinitas. A rosary was 
recited at 2:45 p.m. followed 
by the celebration of a mass at 
3 p.m., Friday, December 20, 
1996, at St. John's Catholic 
Church, 1001 Encinitas Blvd., 
Encinitas. Private inurnment 
will take place at Fort 
Rosecrans National Cem- 
etery, San Diego. 

Encinitas Mortuary Direc- 
tors (619) 753-1143. 

See OBITS on page B5 



Volume XIII INDEX 



Name 



Page 



Adams, Lonzo 61 

Alexander, J. Glenn 28 

Allnnan, Edna 32 
Ames, Marceline Francine Ames 15 

Amold, Harry Earl Jr. 79 

ArrI, Joseph L. "George" 39 

Austin, Francis Harry 64 

Baird, Wayne 62 

Barlow, Jack EIroy 4 

Barnes, Donald Simeon 48 

Barnes, Wayne Leroy 58 

Bedwell, Howard Elston 27 

Bencoma, Monty W. 81 

Bencoma, Monty W. 86 

Bivins, Amanda Kaye 56 

Boesen, Dorothy Mary 57 

Boring, Ted W. 2 
Bonman, Jacob Robert "Jake" 87 

Bothum, Irene Dela 70 

Braden, Lena Ethel Gough 22 

Brady, Herbert L. 22 

Brandenburg, Eidron D. 79 

Brown, Roy V. 87 

Buder, Alice Victoria 1 1 

Bulger, Agnes Margaret 58 

Bullington, Virginia Anna 76 

Byers, Clar "Skeets" 6 

Campbell, Serena 65 
Carmichael, Laura Katherine 80 

Carpenter, Floyd Edward 92 

Carrick, Gertrude V. 36 

Carter, Margaret Lillian 85 

Carver, Maureen C. 36 

Castro, ANthony W. Sr. 25 

Chappell, Marguerite 43 

Charles, George William 45 

Christian, Opal Ruby 45 

Christie, Candy 88 

Christopher, Theresa B. 81 

Chumley, Evelyn R. 88 

Cicotte, Vesta Elizabeth 63 

Clack, Frances 52 

Clarke, Kenneth Raymond 68 

Coleman, Allen Miller 19 

Collett, Rua Alice 94 

Collins, Marilda Agnes Dunn 8 

Conrad, Franklin "Frank" 37 

Cooke, Cora Borgney 54 

Coon, Lewis C. "Lou" 8 



Copeland, Fred H. 96 

Costa, Melda L. 3 

Court, Dennis Wayne 46 

Cox, Theron Reid 91 

Crawford, Archie Wallace 9 

Cross, John Stephen 1 1 

Cross, Richard Sr. 22 

Crow, James Harrison 63 

Davies, Anyta E. 39 

Davis, Ivy Gladys 57 

DeBolt, Edward Russell 73 

Devereau, Eloise M. 80 

Dodd, William Eugene Jr. 6 

Dodson, Lawrence David 7 

Dolan, Jonnel Amber 16 

Duncan, James Harry 48 

Eastenes, Elizabeth 53 

Edwards, Lena Mae 50 

Edwards, Lena Mae 57 

Edwards, William Robert 55 

Eoff, Austin Lee 87 

Erickson, Betty Jo 60 

Erickson, Virginia Elmira 70 

Findly, Lawrence Irving "Fin" 61 

Fitting, Charies A. "Chuck" 27 

Flatt, Richard W. "Dick" 33 

Fletcher, Juanita Louise 64 

Flood, Dalton Henry Lee 9 

Fox, Arieta Rae 68 

Fraus, Ruth DeVere 65 

Garcia, Avelino "Albert" 49 

Gentry, Class Ryan 71 

Gertinger, Clarence Arthur 9 

Gholson, Charies Lee 21 
Gorden, Chester Robert "Chet" 95 

Greenway, May Hulse 93 

Griffin, Robert Denmark 72 

Grothe, Jacqueline Irene 53 

Hall, Helyn 1 

Haney, Donald Root 13 

Hansen, Charies A. 78 

Hansen, Kaj T. 68 

Harper, Jerry Erwin 23 

Hatchell, David L. 67 

Hayes, Delmar Stanley 40 

Headley, Elinor Belle 95 

Hearn, Destiny Dejae 10 

Herring, Ruby Irene 30 

Hess, Eddie Louis III "Bud" 74 



Friday, November 10, 2000 



Page 1 



Volume XIII INDEX 



Name 



Page 



Hewitt, Esther May 


39 


Hoffman, James Bartley 


40 


Holt, Ann Marie 


58 


Holzer, Fred J. 


24 


Holzer, Fred J. 


26 


Hooper, Delbert "Tex" 


42 


Hom, Patricia Clytie 


17 


Home, Oathy Garland 


42 


Houston, Myrtle Marie Teasdale 


64 


Howell, Hattie Edna 


51 


Hubbell, Lorilei Soule 


16 


Hunter, Phyllis Marie 


24 


Huston, Jack Tibbits "Cori^y" 


93 


Inskeep, Lorraie Luverna 


37 


Jansenn, Edward Kenneth 


43 


Jeanson, Leslie Eugenia 


83 


Johnson, Julia E. 


52 


Jones, Allen Thomas 


4 


Jones, Anna Margaret 


35 


Jones, Roy Fay 


36 


Jordan, Travis Gail 


91 


Jordan, William Nelson 


68 


Kanyuck, Maxine Lola 


40 


Kennelty, Florence BUshfield 


42 


Kennelty, Franklin Curtis 


8 


Kerr, Virgin E. 


54 


Kienle, Jackie O'Dell 


13 


Kitchen, Dorothy Eileen 


5 


Lambert, Gertrude 


92 


Lane, Delbert James 


1 


Larsen, Daniel H. 


89 


Leach, Katie Ree 


85 


Lees, Frederick Thomas 


32 


Lendway, Herman C. 


63 


Lindell, Larry Lee 


33 


Link, Nellie Viola 


70 


Linton, James D. 


90 


Logan, Valda Lois 


44 


Logan, Valda Lois 


49 


Long, Haskell B. 


20 


Longworth, Billy Joe 


69 


Loyd, Davis T. 


42 


Maeda, Laura Jeanne 


93 


Maling, Glenn Edward "Bud" 


90 


Malinovszky, Andrew Harry 


45 


Manoush, Virginia 


6 


Marcy, Vincent Walter Jr. 


84 


Mari^sberry, Elmer "Whitey" 


75 


Martin, Ruth Louise 


31 



Martinez, Betty Jean 66 

Matheny, Myrtle Lurene 59 

Matheny, Myrtle Lurene 60 

Maughmer, Robert L. 53 

McConnell, Ray L. 78 

McLaren, Virginia "Betty" 76 

McMurry, Phyllis Elizabeth 12 

Meador, Mittie Agnes Harris 72 

Miller, Emma Leia Hupka 5 

Miller, George Willard 11 

Monninger, Emma June 56 

Moon, Patricia Jane 55 

Moore, James Lloyd 87 

Morgan, Bertram Robert 28 

Morgan, Corbin Roy 68 

Morgan, Laura Ella 7 

Morris, Wesley C. 34 

Moxon, Gordon V. "Bud" 31 

Moyer, Doris Roberta 21 

Mueller, Ursula 49 

Nelson, Gina Lynn 78 

Newby, Sharon Kay 75 

Newland, Anne Lee 28 

Obert, Ralph Francis 32 

Olson, Betty Jane 85 

Olson, Helyn L. 20 

Owens, Edna Marie 52 

Pace, Teraleee "Terri" 36 

Partner, Keith Shelton 25 

Payne, Samuel 21 

Pazzelli, Prime Anthony 86 

Petty, Betty Mae 51 

Phelan, Wayne "Hoot" 3 

Pianalto, James Reno 72 

Pickard, Mary Adaline 58 

Plimmer, Elizabeth 49 

Pope, LaVetra Maxine 21 

Pysarchyk, Paul 19 
Reynolds, Herbert Mason Sr. 41 

Richardson, Floyd 72 

Robinson, Myrtle I. "Myrt" 21 

Rollo, Daisy Bmce "Polly" 29 

Rooney, Iris Evelyn 56 

Rubiy, Ronald L. 58 

Ruggles, Kenneth D. "Papo" 37 

Russell, Cildia 25 

Saltzgaver, Judy 67 

Salzgaver, Judy 45 

Sandifur, Cecil Clem 60 



Friday, November 10, 2000 



Page 2 



Volume XIII INDEX 



Name 



Page 



Sandifur, Mabel Florence 38 

Sanger, Luther Floyd 90 
Scales, LeAnn Carol Jones Jan. 26 

Schiber, Margaret A. 14 

Schuster, Louis B. 47 

Seltenreich, Richard William 22 

Shaw, Max 15 

Simpkins, Kathryn E. "Kay" 46 

Simpson, William Harmon Jr. 62 

Smith, Glen E. "Smitty" 1 

Snyder, Elsie Luella 65 

Sorenson, Lawana Marie 45 

Sorrick, Marion Rose 39 

Soto, Geraldine Evangeline 41 

Spellman, James Sr. 82 

Stanley, Paul E. 50 

Stewart, George Mathas 89 

Stewart, Warren Lane 48 

Stith, James David 1 

Stith, James David 3 

Stoner, Loris C. 95 

Street, Charles S. 85 

Stuart, Walter Jackson II 3 

Sunderland, William L. 35 

Surprenant, Mary 30 

Swanson, Paul Ben Richard 77 

Swift, Olga Paul 31 

Szabo, Benjamin C. 80 

Tagami, Shigeo 57 

Thomas, Deb Carson 32 

Thomas, Deb Carson 34 

Travers, Ernest R. 1 3 

Tucker, Robert Clayton 87 

Van Benthum, Martha J. 45 

Vermeer, Margaret Marie 38 
Von DerAhe, Thomton "Buddy" 46 

Von Zell, Robert E. 12 

Wallick, Marvin M. 74 

Walton, Marjory Ethelyn 55 

Warnock, Ruth C. 6 

Washburn, Walter 30 

Watson, Frances Belinda 40 

Weaver, Charles C. "Chuck" 93 

Weisenberg, Delores Moore 90 

Welch, Janet Elizabeth 75 

Wenstrand, Paul S. 50 

Westphal, Robert Conrad 5 

Wilkey, Albert Elza 2 

Williamson, Bertha Mae 94 



Witt, Robert Royal 79 

Wood, Edgar Alvin III 38 

Woodard, Groover Marion 2 
Woodward, Lawrence Eugene 47 

Wyloge, Loretta Lucille 7 

Yeager, Robert Bruce III 18 

Young, Dorothy Dean 65 

Young, Dorothy Maude 69 



Fnday, November 10, 2CXX) 



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Obituaries from "The Kern Valley Sun" Newspaper 



Volume XIV 
1997 



DATE MICROFiCHED 
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Wednesday, January 1, 1997 



Bernice May 
Winans 

Private arrangements were 
made for Bernice May Winans. 

She was born February 23, 
1916 in St. Paul, Minnesota 
and passed away on Decem- 
ber 26, 1996 in Bakersfield, 
California. She has been a resi- 
dent of the Kern River Valley 
for the past 20 years. 

Bernice is survived by her 
son Michael McGee or Los 
Osos, California; her daugh- 
ters Susan Martin of Wofford 
Heights and Karen Sowers of 
Virginia; also four grandchildren 
and two great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Edward "Ed" H. 
Brown 

Edward "Ed" H. Brown, born 
in Silverton, Oregon on July 20, 
1921, passed away peacefully 
at his home on Wednesday, 
December 25, 1 996. 

Ed loved his home, the val- 
ley and the high country. He 
served in the U.S. Air Corps. 
He will be missed by his loving 
wife of 46 years, Florence. 
Other survivors include daugh- 
ters Katherine Douglass of 
Rosamond, California and Lynn 
Rolfson-Brown of Huntington 
Beach; sons Eric Brown of 
Bend, Oregon and Robin Brown 
of Mt. Hood, Oregon; sister 
Marie Scovell of Quincy, Cali- 



fornia. Ed had four grandchil- 
dren and many friends and 
loved ones. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Ora Lee Craig 

Private arrangements were 
made for Ora Lee Craig who 
passed away on December 21 , 
1 996, in Onyx, California. There 
will be no services and her 
ashes will be scattered at sea. 

Ora Lee was born Novem- 
ber 14, 1910 in Cairo, Illinois. 
She moved to Los Angeles in 
1 944 and was employed at the 
San Fernando Veterans Admin- 
istration Hospital as a personal 
secretary to the C hief of the 
Engineering Division. She re- 
tired in 1970 and remained in 
the Los Angeles area until 1 978 
when she moved to Onyx. 

She cared deeply about the 
- environment and wildlife. Ora 
Lee was an accomplished bird 
watcher and in her later years 
she made her yard into a virtual 
bird sanctuary. 

Ora Lee made many friends 
in the Kern River Valley and 
she will be missed. She was 
preceded in death by her par- 
ents and three sisters. She is 
survived by her adopted family, 
Marie Koonce of Onyx, Linda 
Howe of Santa Cruz and Alyssa 
Howe of San Francisco. 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, January 8, 1997 



o 



Ramon Keith 
Hinds, IVI.D. 

Dr. Ramon Keith Hinds, 
M.D., was bom October 16, 
1930 in Guymon, Oklahoma 
and received. his. education if} 
Oklahoma schools and 
Wentworth Military School in 
Missouri. He entered Tulane 
University Medical School and 
graduated. He did his residency 
in Kansas City, Missouri. He 
came to California and started 
his practice in Bakersfield in 
1962. 

He was a colonel as a medi- 
cal doctor in the U.S. Air Force, 
and later affiliating with Califor- 
nia Reserves. Dr. Hinds was a 
private pilot and was a F.F.A. 
Medical Examiner. He was a 
member of the F.O. Eagles 
Aerie No. 93, Frontier Days, 
the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 
No. 498, Kern River Valley Elks 
Lodge No. 2358, Kern County 
Sheriff's Mounted Posse Vol- 
unteers. He was also a 32nd 
Degree Mason in the Guymon, 

Oklahoma Lodge and a mem- 
ber of the American Medical 
Association, the Southern Medi- 
cal Association and many other 
civic and fraternal organiza- 
tions. 

Dr. Hinds is survived by his 
beloved wife. Dee Ann Hinds; 
his sons, Ramon Keith Hinds, 
Leo Hinds, John Hinds, Robbie 
Lee Hinds, Daniel Hinds and 
Christopher Hinds; also four 
stepsons, all of Bakersfield; a 
sister. Fern Lane, of Amarillo, 
Texas; two grandchildren and 
five step-grandchildren. 

At Dr. Hinds' request, there 
is to be no services or memori- 
als. Cremation will be held in 
the Mish Funeral Home crema- 
torium. The family requests in 
lieu of flowers that donations 
may be made to the Shriners 
Crippled Children's Hospital. 



Eva Loretta Berg 

Services were held in the 
Rose Chapel, Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home, on Friday, De- 
cember 27, 1996, for Eva 
Loretta Berg. She passed away 
at her home in Long Beach, 
California, on December 21, 
1996, with family members at 
her side. 

Eva was born in Fort Smith, 
Arkansas on August 29, 1939. 
She married James Allen Berg 
in Las Vegas, Nevada. They 
resided in Garden Grove, Cali- 
fornia, and together they had 
planned to retire to Bodfish 
where they owned property and 
would build their retirement 
home. 

She was an upbeat, caring, 
loving person who took great 
joy in her family and especially 
her grandchildren. She faced 
her long illness with dignity and 
faith that she would see her 
loved ones again in heaven. 

Eva's husband, Jim, pre- 
ceded her in death on July 1 9, 
1995. She is survived by her 
son, James Jr., of Lakewoodj, 
daughter Loretta of Garden 
Grove; nine grandchildren; her 
mother-in-law Eva Berg of Bod- 
fish; brothers-in-law Edgar and 
William; William's wife Marcia; 
many nieces and nephews, 
cousins and many, many 
friends. All who knew Eva will 



remember her for her loyalty, 
faith, and loving nature. She 
will be greatly missed by all. 

Arrangements made by Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Alton Lewis 

Services were held at 
Conrad-Carroll Mortuary 
Chapel on Monday, January 6, 
1997, at 2 p.m. for Mr. Alton 
Lewis of Wofford Heights, age 
81 . Officiating was PastorTracy 
Cook. Private inurnment fol- 
lowed. 

Mr. Lewis was born March 
18, 1915 in Mill Creek. Okla- 
homa, and passed away on 
January 1. 1997 in Oxnard, 
California, after a brief illness. 

He served on the Oxnard 
Police Department from 1941 
until 1950. Then he was the 
General ManagerfortheChase 
Brothers Dairy for 36 years. 
After moving to the Kern Val- 
ley, Mr. Lewis was a volunteer 
worker at Camp Owen, a Cali- 
fornia youth authority. He was 
a Kern County resident for 20 
years. 

He was a life member of the 
Scottish Rite of Freemasonary. 
S.J., U.S.A. and a member of 
the Oxnard Lodge No. 341 . 

Mr. Lewis is survived by his 
sons. Bill Lew is, and his wife, 
Carol, of Oxnard; Alton tewis' 
Jr., of his wife, Virginia, of 
Ventura; and Harold Lewis, and 
wife Alice, of Bull City, Arizona; 
daughter, Dolores, and hus- 
band, John Parker, of Oxnard; 
brother, Roy Lewis, and wife, 
Neva, of Camarillo; eight grand- 
cbildren, Bill Lewis II, and wife, 
Marie, of Port Hueneme; Bob 
Lewis, and wife, Leslie, of Idaho; 
Buddy Lewis of Camarillo; Hob 
Lewis of Maine; Keri, and hus- 
band, Peter Le Doux, also of 
Maine; John Parker of Okla- 
homa; Jony Parker, and wife. 
Christine, of Ventura; James 
Parker of Oxnard; also eight 
great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Conrad- 
Carroll Mortuary, Funeral Di- 
rector. 



Wednesday, January 8, 1997 



Margaret 
(Isabelie) A. Boyer 

Margaret Alizabeth Boyer 
(Isabelle), age 76, passed away 
on December 28, 1 996. A mass 
was held at St. Jude Catholic 
Church in Wofford Heights at 
9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 4, 
1997, and interment at Kern 
Valley Cemetery. 

Isabelle was born in 
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania on 
January 27, 1920, to Joseph 
and Mary Blasik. She and her 
husband Edward married while 
still in Pennsylvania and moved 
to the Los Angeles area in 1 943. 
She worked during the Second 
World War for Douglas Aircraft 
as a structural technician. She 
and Edward moved to the lake 
area in 1976 from Hermosa 
Beach. 

She enjoyed the outdoors 
and loved to camp out and travel 
until her health prevented it. 
HerTriends will always remem- 
ber her love for Bingo and hear- 
ing her yell out "Bingo!" She 
loved to win. She had a great 
sense of humor and was loved 
by all who knew her. 

Isabella was a wonderful and 
loving mother to her two sons, 
Edward Joseph Boyer, Jr., of 
Washington, and Robert James 
Boyer, Sr., of Lake Isabella, 
with whom she lived; also a 
daughter-in-law Lorraine Boyer. 
She leaves 10 special grand- 
children, Debra, Margaret, 
Maria, Teresa, Delores, Edward 
II, Michael, Tony, Paul and 
Mark, plus 15 great-grandchil- 
dren. She leaves many friends 
among whom are Josie Hearns, 
Anita Adams and Estelle. Her 
husband Edward Joseph 
Boyer, Sr., and grandson Rob- 
ert Joseph, Jr., preceded her in 
death. 



'ngram Harry Hoel 

Respecting his request no 

nn ni^® p. Who passed away 
onDecemberig, 1996. Ingram 

sota, on February 18 1917 fn 
'ngram and Ma?ie Hoe He 

nesota and held various iobs 
as manager in markets ' 

man-ilri thll'^'y 5, 1940, he 
married the love of his life 

E/isabeth.Thetwoofthemen' 

joyed life and were mSlS; 

fo^jh^^t;^'" 1954, they moved 

hnm '■^'^5 ^'■®3 and made their 
home in Kernville 



Wednesday, JA^aJARY 15, 1997 



Louis Albert 
Bailey 

Funeral services were held 
Friday, January 10, 1997 at 10 
a.m. at the Shepherd of the 
Hills Luthern Church for Louis 
Albert Bailey of Wofford 
Heights. Mr. Bailey was born 
April 23, 1911 in Prescott, Ari- 
zona, and passed away Janu- 
ary 6, 1997. 

He has been a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for the 
past 1 years and a member of 
the Shepherd of the Hills. He 
loved to garden, do woodwork- 
ing and was an avid fisherman. 

Louis is survived by his wife 
of 41 years and family. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 




TommyAllan 
Harmon 

Tommy Allan Harmon was 
born on March 11, 1954. in 
Bremerton, Washington. He 
passed away on January 6, 
1997, in Kernville and is now 
present with the Lord. Tom grew 
up in Virginia and served his 
country in the Vietnam Conflict 
as a Marine. He drifted into 
Kernville in May of 1993, after 
many years of roaming the 
country in his van. He realized 
how tired he was (especially 
after meeting all the pretty girls 
at Cheryl's Diner) and decided 
to make Kernville his home. 

In 1994, Tom made a com- 
mitment to the Lord and Pastor 
Jack Dilley had the privilege of 
baptizing him in Lanny and 
Cheryl Borthick's pool. 

He always said, if he had 
ever gone anywhere else and 
someone asked him about 
Kernville, he'd say, "I met some 
pretty incredible people up 
there." We'll meet again. Tom 
The following is a letter Tom 
wrote and it was found after he 
passed away: 



To All Hands, 

Effective this date and time, 
Tom H. (wheelchair), for rea- 
sons of health, will cease all 
gardening at Cheryl's Diner. It's 
been fun most o' the time and 
highly enjoyable workin' with 
y'all. Learned a lot of plants and 
had great fun growing stuff, 
though getting eat up by the red 
ants warn't no fun, and I would 
just as well stay away from 
them. They kinda remind me of 
the big Alabama camp ants I 
saw back in my vodka drinkin' 
days. Well, anyway, it's been 
nice and fun and a great learn- 
ing experience, not to be 
missed. 

Thank you to the very nice 
owners for.the kindnesses and 
helps, waitresses for same, 
cooks, dishwashers, bussers, 
the nice customers of whom 
I've found to be without peer. 
More gooder customers could 
not be found. Thank 4/[Qu_for 
your many helps. 

I will be "in" from time to time 
as a customer only. Once again, 
thanks to you all. 

Love, Tom 

P.S. Keep the ants. 

10-10-96 



Cora A. Langland 

Cora A. Langland, age 90, 
died December 29, 1 996 at the 
Vitas Hospice Center in River- 
side. Cause of death was ad- 
vanced senile dementia of the 
Alzheimer type. 

A native of Roland, Iowa, 
she came to California with her 
husband in 1927. They lived in 
Los Angeles, Torrance and 
Kernville. She lived in Kernville 
from 1 965 to 1 989 in the Sierra 
Trailer Lodge. She lived with 
her daughter and son-in-law in 
Highland/San Bernardino for 
the past seven years. 

She was preceded in death 
by her parents, Edward and 
Carrie (Jondal) Quam of 
Roland; her husband, Willie 
Langland who died in 1968; a 
daughter, Pat McClelland 
Rohrer; four brothers and three 
sisters; and two sons-in-law, 
M.W. (Mac) McClelland and 
William Rohrer. 

Mrs. Langland is survived by 
her daughter, Jan Larsen and 
her son-in-law. Rev. Robert W. 
Larsen of Highland; two grand- 
daughters, Cynthia imel of Riv- 
erside and Karen Causey and 
her husband, Willie, of Idaho 
Falls, Idaho; two grandsons, 
Martin McClelland and his wife, 
Jane, of Festus (near St. Louis), 
Missouri, and Kelly McClelland 
and his wife, Pat, of Las Vegas, 
Nevada; four great-qrandchil-, 
dren, Wesley and Allison 
McClelland of Festus, and Tho- 
mas (TK) and Laci Causey of 
Idaho Falls; and many neph- 
ews and nieces including Judy 
Saxby of Elk Grove, California. 

A lifelong Lutheran, she was 
an active member of Messiah 
Lutheran, Los Angeles; Shep- 
herd of the Hills, Lake Isabella, 
and Grace, Glen Avon/River- 
side. 

A private graveside service 
for family members was con- 
ducted by her son-in-law on 
Friday, January 3, 1997, at the 
Ingelwood Park Cemetery with 
McNearney's Mortuary of Rialto 
directing. 

Memorials may be sent to 
her church: Shepherd of the 
Hills Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 
"F", Lake Isabella, California 
93240. 



Wednesday, January 15, 1997 



Harry L. Martin 

Harry L Martin of Squirrel 
Valley, age 80, passed away 
on January 5, 1997, at Kern 
Valley Hospital. He was born 
on July 4,1915, near Pittsburgh, 
Pennsylvania. 

He is survived by his wife of 
60 years, Lucille; and daugh- 
ters Jacqueline Millar of Sacra- 
mento, California; Janet (Mrs. 
Armando) Hernandez of 
Bakersfield; and Joyce (Mrs. 
Joseph) Kouba of Reston, Vir- 
ginia. Also surviving are his 
grandchildren Sharon and 
Stuart Millar; Lisa Chavez; 
Armando Hernandez, Jr.; and 
Derek Tiffany. 

A career postal employee, 
he retired and moved to the 
Kern Valley in 1970. 

At his request, no viewing or 
formal service will be held. His 
family will cherish his love and 
memory forever. 

The family deeply appreci- 
ates the assistance of the un- 
known motorist who summoned 
paramedics; the professional 
care of CARE Ambulance per- 
sonnel; the hospital E.R. staff; 
and the compassion of Auxilian 
Jo Ann Fitting. 

Artangements by Greenlawn 
Mortuary, Bakersfield. 



Joseph Rhodes 

Services for Mr. Rhodes 
were held January 4, 1997 at 
1 1 a.m. at the Magnolia Baptist 
Church in Anaheim, California. 
He passed away December 30, 
1 996 at his home in Anaheim 
after four months battle with 
cancer. 

Joe was born September 29, 
1 928 in Hornbeck, Tennessee. 
He married Wanda Gettings of 
Hayti, Missouri on March 16, 
1 951 and later moved to South- 
ern California where they be- 
gan to fulfill their dreams. After 
several years of owning ser- 
vice stations and related work, 
they started Joe Rhodes Main- 
tenance Company which is still 
operated by his family. 

He discovered the beauty of 
the Kern River Valley 40 years 
ago and made this his second 
home, owning property here. 
He loved fi shing on t he Kern 
River and in the lake. Joe made 
many friends here in the valley. 
Joe's love of God, his family 
and the Kern Valley will be for- 
ever. 

Joe leaves his loving wife, 
Wanda, of 46 years; and four 
children, sons Joe, Jr. and Ron, 
and daughters Linda Steed, 
Sherry Sharrett; seven grand- 
children; one brother Wayne 
and sister Sherma Lewis. 

The people of Kern Valley 
who lives you touched will miss 
you forever, Joe Rhodes. Rest 
in peace in paradise. 



Wednesday, January 15, 1997 



Lois R. Hicks 

Memorial services will be 
held today at 3 p.m. in the Val- 
ley Mortuary Chapel for Lois 
Roberta Hicks, age 68, of Bod- 
fish. Interment services were 
held on Friday, January 3, 1 997, 
in the Green Hills Memorial 
Park, Rancho Palos Verdes. 
She was born November 20, 
1928, in Duluth, Minnesota and 
passed away on January 7, 
1997, in Mt. Mesa. 

Lois has been a resident of 
the Kern River Valley since 
1988. She enjoyed playing 
cards and bingo, making crafts, 
country music, fishing with her 
friends and trips to Yerington, 
Nevada. 

She was married to Frank 
Hicks in 1 946, he preceded her 
in death in 1971. 

Lois is surym/ed by her daugh- 
ters, Linda Miller of Bodfish; Ida 
Borden of Whittier, California; 
and Sherie Lewis of Lancaster, 
California; nine sisters. Marge, 
June, Beverly, Diane, Jackie, 
Jean, Myrtle, Marian and 
Gladys; three brothers,, Den- 
nis, Noel and Jerry; five grand- 
children, Larry, Steven, Paul, 
Denise and Tina, as well as five 
great-grandchildren. Lois will be 
greatly missed by all her family 
and many friends. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 



Wfonesday. January 22, 1997 



Concetta 
"Connie" Frances 
Ponticelio 

Concetta "Connie" Frances 
Ponticelio, also known as the 
Goody Lady, passed away 
Januarys. 1997, at the age of 

Mrs. Ponticelio is survived 
by Nick L Roghair, a compan- 
ion of 1 4 years; one son, Albert 
Barlow; three daughters, Diane 
Barlow, Andrea Noot, Patncia 
Roghair; seven grandchildren; 
and one brother Harry 
Ponticelio. Mrs. Ponticelio was 
preceded in death by one son, 
John Barlow, and one brother, 
Andy Ponticelio. 

Funeral services were held 
Thursday, January 1 6, 1 997, at 
1 p.m. at the New Hope Com- 
munity Church. Interment will 
follow at Joshua Memorial Park. 
Halley Olsen Funeral 
Chapel, Lancaster Directors. 



Pearl Grace Keith 

Pearl Grace Keith passed 
away in Merced, California, on 
January 1 4, 1 997. 

She moved to Wofford 
Heights in 1 983 from the San 
Fernando Valley. She was a 
past president of the Ladies of 
the Elks and a member of the 
VFW Auxiliary. 

Pearl was predeceased by 
her husband, Floyd Keith. She 
was loved and will be missed 
by her daughter, Gloria Bless- 
ing,ofMari gosa, Californi a; her 
grandson, Dennis Blessing Jr. 
and family, also of Mariposa; 
and her brother, Roy; sisters, 
Eleanor and Billie, all of Massa- 



chusetts."" 

No services are planned. 

Following cremation, Pearl win 

be placed next to her husband 

"at the Los Angeles Veterans 

Cemetery. __ 



Wednesday, January 29, 1997 



8 



Margaret 
Genevieve Barber 

A Mass for Christian burial 
was held Friday January 24, 
1997 at 10:00am at St. Jude 
Parish Catholic Church in Wof- 
ford Heights for Margaret 
Genevieve Barber of Weldon. 
Officating was Rev/ Father 
Charles Casale. Interment at 
KRV Cemetery. Mrs. Barber 
was born March 19, 1930 in 
Grand Island, Nebraska and 
passed away January 20, 1 997 
in Weldon, California. She was 
a resident of Weldon for the 
past 20 years. She retired from 
China Lake Naval Weapons 
after 1 4 years. She was known 
for her great sense of humor 
and she loved her family. She is 
survived by her husband, Tho- 
mas of Weldon and her daugh- 
ters, Sandra Bokich of Bakers- 
field, Virginia Frenes of Weldon 
and Barbara Brennen of Wash- 
ington, DC and her brother, 
Francis Mcmanaman of Oregon 
and 4 grandchildren. Arrange- 
ments by Valley Mortuary. 

Edward George 
Loebrich, Jr. 

Memorial services for Edward 
George Loebrich, Jr., 81, of 
Wofford Heights were held on 
Tuesday, January 28 at the Elk's 
Lodge, B.P.O.E.# 31 56 in Wof- 
ford Heights. Officiating was 
Pastor Deryl Lackey of the Mt. 
View Southern Baptist Church 
in Lake Isabella and Officers of 
B.P.O.E. #3156. Ed was bom 
on August 1 7, 1 91 5 and passed 
away on January 23, 1 997 in a 



Bakersfield hospital. Ed has 
resided in Wofford Heights since 
1 983 after retiring with 30 years 
of service with Bethlehem Steel 
in Los Angeles. He was pre- 
ceded in death by his parents 
and his beloved daughter, Carol 
Loebrich Sangster. Ed is sur- 
vived by his loving wife of 60 
years, Elvire "Vi" Loebrich and 
2 granddaughters, Dana Yasin 
of Lake Isabella and Deanne 
Lee of Independence and 2 
great-grandchildren, Jessica 
Jean Yasin and Dustin John 
Lee. In lieu of flowers, memorial 
donations may be made to the 
American Lung Association, 
306 Chester Avenue, Bakers- 
field, CA 93304. Arrangements 
by Valley Mortuary, Lake Isa- 
bella. 

Clayton Howard 
(Choppy) Gryde 

Clayton Howard "Choppy" 
Gryde was born on August 1 7, 
1914, in Saskatchewan, 
Canada to his parents Alfred 
Gryde and Tilda Carolyn Gryde 
of North Dakota. Clayton later 
moved to the United States in 
1928. He began working for 
Southern Pacific Railroad in 
1935. He progressed through 
the ranks and became a rail- 
road engineer. On January 1 2, 
1946, Clayton married Louise 



Frances Young in Los Angeles, 
California The two then made 
their home on Olancha Dhve, 
Los Angeles near Highland 
Park. Clayton and Louise were 
blessed with two children, Gre- 
gory Howard and Tamara Ann. 
Clayton retired from Southern 
Pacific Railroad in 1 975, where 
he had worked for 40 years. In 
1976, Clayton and Louise 
moved to the Lake Isabella area 
where they have resided ever 
since. On January 14, 1997, 
Clayton Howard Gryde passed 
away and entered eternal life. 
Services were held for Clayton 
on Saturday, January 18th, 
1997 at the Mountain View 
Southem Baptist Church in Lake 
Isabella. Pastor Deryl Lackey 
officiated at both the church ser- 
vice and at the graveside ser- 
vice held at the Kern River Val- 
ley Cemetery, where Clayton 
was interred following the 
church service. Clayton is sur- 
vived by his wife of 51 years, 
Louise Frances Gryde, his son 
Gregory Howard Gryde of Los 
Angeles and his daughter 
Tamara Ann Soss of Los Ange- 
les. He also is survived by his 
grandchildren, Brandon Gryde, 
Brianne Gryde, Jeff White and 
Arend White. Clayton also has 
surviving sisters, Agnes, 
Gladys, Evelyn, Florence, and 
Rodna, and a surviving brother, 
1 heodore Alfi-ed Gryde. Clayton 
will be missed by all those who 
loved him and by all those of 
whose lives he had touched 
and influenced in a positive way 
through the years. Funeral ar- 
rangements were made by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, February 5, 1997 



Michael Thomas 
Schwass 

Funeral services for Michael 
Thomas Schwass, 29, were 
held on Saturday, February 1 , 
at the First Baptist Church in 
Lake Isabella. Officiating were 
Pastor Deryl Lackey of the Mt. 
View Baptist Church and Pas 



tor George Vazquez. Internnent 
followed with full military hon- 
ors at the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights. 
Michael was born January 26, 
1968, in Fort Polk, Louisiana, 
and passed away on January 
27, 1997 in Temple, Texas, 
while on leave from the 52nd 
Aviation Regiment in Korea. 
Michael grew up and attended 
schools here in the Kern River 
Valley and after graduation from 
Kern Valley High School in 
1 986, enlisted in the U.S. Army, 
where he served for the past 1 1 
years, attaining the rank of Staff 
Sergeant. Michael had also 
served with the 1 st Air Calvary. 
His military awards include the 
Overseas Service Ribbon, Army 
Service Ribbon, Non-Commis- 
sioned Officer Personnel De- 
velopment Ribbon, Humanitar- 
ian Service Medal, National 
Defense Medal, Good Conduct 
Medal with 2 stars. Army 
Achievement Medal, Army 
Commendation Medal, Joint 
Meritorious Unit Award, Expert 
Rifleman (M-16) Award, Expert 
Hand Grenade Award, Driver- 
Mechanical Badge and Senior 
Air Crewmember Badge. 

Michael is survived by his 
parents, Tom and Linda 
Schwass of Lake Isabella; his 
wife and son, Kristine and Cody 
Thomas Schwass of Copperas , 
Texas; his sister, Tracey Greek 
of Menifee, California; his 
brother, Chris Schwass of 
Clovis; paternal grandparents, 
Walter and Charlotte Schwass 
of Wofford Heights; materna^ 
grandparents, Raymond and 
Margaret Daffron of Lomita and 
numerous other relatives and 
friends. Local arrangements by 
Valley Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 



Gene L Wokal 

Gene L. Wokal passed away 
January 25, 1 997, after a brief 
illness. He was 80 years old. 

Gene Wokal was born De- 
cember 1 3, 1 91 6, in Cuba, Kan- 
sas. He moved to California with 
his family when he was a child. 
In 1941, he married Martha 
Pritchard, and they were very 
happily married until her death 
in 1 995. During World War II he 
was a pilot in the Army Air Corps. 
In 1 952 he joined the Compton 
Police Department, and worked 
for many years as a juvenile 
officer and watch commander 
before retihng to the Kern River 
Valley in 1973. 

-'He is sarvived by his daugh- 
ter, Genel; brothers-in-law and 
sisters-in-law Jo and Loyd 
Merry, Doris and Robert Pruett, 
Clifford and Betty Prichard, and 
Betty Noble Pritchard; and many 
nieces, nephews, and friends. 
He was a very special person, 
and those who knew and loved 
him will miss him. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 

Steven David 
Morgan 

Steven David Horgan, age 
44, a resident of Wofford 
Heights died January 25, 1 997. 
He is survived by his mother, 
Georgia Cagle of Lake Isabella; 
a son, Bobby Horgan, of Co- 
rona, California; sisters. Donna 
Carlos of Washington State, and 
Billie Lofty of Lake Isabella; a 
brother. Bill Smith, Jr. of Los 
Vegas, Nevada; two grandchil- 
dren, Johnathan and Austin 
Horgan of Corona, California. 

Services will be held on Wed. 
January 29, at 12 noon at 
McAulay & Wallace Fullerton 
Mortuary chapel. 



Patricia A. Deaver 

Patricia A. Deaver passed 
away January 20, 1997, in 
Oceanside, California, after five 
months of illness with cancer. 
Patricia is survived by her 
mother, Wanda R. Deaver and 
a sister, Shirley J. Deaver of 
Lake Isabella. 

Pat also leaves a son. 
Michael Ray Bohon of Atlanta, 
Georgia and a daughter, 
Michelle and a two year old 
grandson, Austin, in Oceanside, 
California. 

She is also survived by aunts 
Jenny Cluff and Helen Deaver 
of Mangum, Oklahoma. Also 
several nieces and cousins in 
different states and a host of 
friends in California and other 
states. Pat's dad, Loy E. Danny 
Deaver prec'feded her in death 
in September, 1991. Pat was 
born in Granite, Oklahoma in 
1943 and moved with her par- 
ents to California in 1956. Pat 
attended schools in Tipton and 
Manitori in Oklahoma before 
moving to Southgate, Califor- 
nia, where she attended schools 
and graduated from Dominques 
High in Lynwood, California and 
Cerritos College. Pat obeyed 
Gospel and was Baptized into 
Christ at the age of fourteen. 
Pat had so much love to give for 
every one of her friends and 
loved her family very much. She 
never had an enemy in her life. 
Everyone loved her and she will 
be greatly missed by all and 
especially her faneiily. 

She had a great love for 
sports and especially basket- 
ball in which she excelled. Fu- 
neral services were held in the 
Church of Christ in Vista, Cali- 
fornia, on January 25th with 
Brother Macs Brooks as the 
presiding Minister. 



Wednesday, February 5, 1997 



10 



Jessie M. Shores 

Graveside services were held 
on Thursday, January 30th, 
1997, at 2:30 p.m. at the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery for 
Jessie Shores who passed 
away at her homeln Weldon. 
She was a resident in the valley 
for the last eight years. She was 
born on January 13, 1908 in 
Salisbury, Missouri, to Wade 
Hood and Idella Hunsaker. 

She was a devoted wife, lov- 
ing mother, grandmother, great- 
grandmother, and friend. She 
was predeceas ed by her hus- 
band, Wilber Shores irTTgsoT" 
also by one brother and three 
sisters. She is survived by her 
son and his wife, Larry and 
Marsha Shores, four grandchil- 
dren (Brian, Shelly, Jeff, and 
Jolene) , and by four great grand- 
children. She will be dearly 
missed by her family and 
friends. Arrangements were 
made by the Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. 

Carlos Rivera 

Carlos Rivera, age 73, 
passed away Monday, January 
27, 1997, of lung cancer. In 
addition to his wife, Celia, of 49 
years, he is survived by eiglit 
children, twenty grandchildren 
and three great grandchildren. 
After being a "smoker" for many, 
many years, he encouraged all 
those around him not tosmoke. 

Services will be held on 
Wednesday, February 5th, at 
11:00 a.m., in the Chapel of 
Turner, Stevens and Edwards, 
926 E. Orange Grove Blvd.,' 
Pasadena. 



Charles Roy 
Watson 

Charles Roy Watson was 
born on May 11,1 905. He re- 
sided in the Los Angeles area 
where he worked as a machin- 
ist. After 50 years of service in 
the field, he reti-red. Jn_l9ZQ. 
Charles moved tathe Kern River 
Valley area, where he has hap- 
pily resided in Onyx for the past 
27 years amongst his family, 
many friends, and neighbors. 

On January 21, 1997, 
Charles Roy Watson passed 
away at his home. He is sur- 
vived by his sons, Charles R. 
Watson Jr. and his wife Teri of 
Bella Vista, California, and 
James Watson and wife 
Merlene of Sun Valley, Califor- 
nia. He is also survived by one 
grandson, Charles R. Watson 
III and by three sisters and by 
two brothers. Charles will be 
greatly missed by all those of 
whom he cared for and by all 
those who loved him dearly. 
We will miss you Charlie! Ser- 
vices were handled by the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, February 12, 1997 



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Paul Nathanial 
Stringer 

On January 3, 1997, Paul 
Nathanial Stringer passed away 
at his residence in Kernville, 
California. Funeral services 
were held on January 5, 1997, 
at the Kern River Valley Cem- 
etery, with Mr. Bud May of Kern- 
ville officiating. During the ser- 
vice, many friends and family 
members gave testimony to the 
strength, inspiration and good- 
heartedness of Paul Stringer, a 
resident of the Kern River Val- 
ley for years. 

On February 1 1 , 1916, Paul 
was born to his parents Charles 
and Jessy in Dallas, Texas. Paul 
later moved to California, resid- 
ing in the San Fernando Valley 
where he worked as a technical 
painter by trade, and as a handy- 
man on the side. He later moved 
to the Kern River Valley in the 
early 80's and becanie well 
known in his community. Paul 
received special recognition 
from the U . S . Forest Service for 
volunteering over 6000 hours 
of his time in their service. He 
also did volunteer work for the 
County Parks Department, and 
self-appointed volunteer work, 
in the field of weeding, all over 
Kernville. He was also very 
proud to have his name in- 
scribed on the Bronze marker 
erected directly in front of the 
Fire Department in Kernville as 
a tribute to those who partici- 
pated in the "Adopt-A-Tree" pro- 
gram organized by the cham- 
ber of commerce. Paul, in his 
humble way, has left his mark 
on the town of Kernville. 

Paul is survived by his broth- 
ers' David Stringer of Porterville, 
California; Daniel Stringer of 
Spokane, Washington; Joseph 
Stringer of Tule Lake, Califor- 
nia; and Benni Stringer of Hebo, 
Oregon. His surviving sisters 
include Vashti Williams of Kla- 
math Falls, Oregon; Debra Hall 



of Fresno, California; and Al- 
pha Ruth Glenn of Klamath 
Falls, Oregon. His sister Pauline 
Stacy preceded him in passing. 
Paul said recently that he had 
seven friends and would hold 
up seven fingers as he named 
them ... Linda Collins and John 
Kuttig, TinaCargile, George and 
Lou Donoho, and Bud and Janet 
May his life-long friends. Paul 
will be missed by all those who 
knew and loved him. 

Services arranged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 

Robert J. Boyer 

Services were held for Rob- 
ert J. Boyer, who passed away 
on February 3, 1 997. The ser- 
vice took place at St. Jude's 
Catholic Church on Saturday, 
February 8, 1 997, with Father 
Charles Casale officiating. Fol- 
lowing the service, at the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery, the 
V.F.W. conducted a memorial 
with full military honors. 

Robert was born on July 31 , 
1940 in Aliquippa, Pennsylva- 
nia, to Edward and Margaret 
Boyer. He finished his school- 
ing in Pennsylvania, and later 
moved to California where he 
worked at Hughes Aircraft. He 
was employed as a satellite 
technician, a position he held 
for over 20 years. He retired in 
1996, and stayed in Southlake, 
where he resided. 

Robert leaves behind his 
brother Edward Joseph Boyer 
Jr. He was preceded in death 
by his son, Robert Jr., and his 
mother and father, Margaret and 
Edward. He will be missed by 
all whose lives he touched. 

Arrangements made by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 

Sidney Earl 
McCollum 

Graveside services were held 
on Tuesday, February 4, 1997, 
at 1 1 :00 a.m. at the Kern River 



Valley Cemetery for Sidney Earl 
McCollum, age 74, of Kernville. 
Pastor John Carpenter of the 
Kernville United Methodist 
Church officiated. Born March 
8, 1922, in Meridian, Missis- 
sippi, Sidney had been a 31- 
year Kern River Valley resident. 
He had worked for Southern 
California Edison for 33 years. 
Sidney was a World War II Army 
veteran and the recipient of the 
Victory Medal, the American 
Theater Service Medal and the 
Good Conduct Medal. 

Before her death in 1988, 
Sidney and his wife of 43 years, 
Gladys enjoyed trips to Morro 
Bay. He also built a 4-unit rental 
property in Kernville and en- 
joyed taking care of this prop- 
erty after his retirement. Sidney 
is survived by his daughter, 
Sharon McCollum, the Onyx 
Postmaster, and. his sister, 
Metter Lee Eddy of Carthage, 
Mississippi. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 



Wednesday, February 12, 1997 12 



Grady Lloyd 
Haws 

Memorial service* were held 
Wednesday, Februarys, 1997, 
at 1 1 .00 a.m. at the Lighthouse 
Pentecostal Church of God in 
Lake Isabella for Grady Lloyd 
Haws. Officiating was Pastor 
Frances Edge. Mr. Haws was 
born April 7, 1934 in Lincoln, 
Arkansas, and passed away 
February 1, 1997, at his home 
in Lake Isabella after a <ong 
illness. 

He has been a resident of the 
Kern River Valley for the past 
seven years and a volunteer in 
the Older Americans Program 
with the forestry service for the 
past six years. He was a mem- 
ber of the Lighthouse Pente- 
costal Church of God. He also 
loved to fish. 

Grady is survived by his wife 
of 31 years Billie Haws of Lake 
Isabella; his son and daughter- 
in-law Eric and LeAnn Haws of 
Pleasant Hope, Missouri; and 
four grandchildren, Joshua, 
Natha n-. Daniel and Mariah. Also 
I lib sister, J e w ette d earrJorres^ - 
of Oregon. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
may be made in Grady's name 
to the Lighthouse Pentecostal 
Church of God, 3730 Wagon 
Wheel, Lake Isabella, Califor- 
nia. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Jack Howard 
Underwood 

Graveside services for Jack 
Howard Underwood wefe^h©l4 
on February 13. 1997, at the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery. 
Mr. Underwood passed away . 
at his residence on February 9, 
1997, in Havilah, California. 

He was born on March 1, 
1 921 in McLean, Illinois to Floyd 
and Emma Undenwood. At the 
onset of World War il, Jack en- 
tered the United States Army 
Air Corps, 9th Air Force Divi- 
sion, in support of his country. 
He faithfully served in the Euro- 
pean-African-Middle Eastern 
fheater, earning in hTs career 
several awards which included 
the Silver Battle Star Ribbon 
and the first and second Bronze 
Oak Leaf Cluster medalions. 
During his service time, he met 
June Wookey and they married 
on June 5. 1942, in Pekin, Illi- 
nois. At the end of the war. Jack 
began working as an aircraft 
and powerplant mechanic for 
United Airlines. He retired in 
1980 and then he and his wife 
then moved to the Kern River 
Valley, residing in the Bodfish- 
Havilah area. 

Jack is survived by his wife of 
54 years, June Undenwood; and 
three children. A son, Dave 
Underwood and his wife 
Brenda, of Redondo Beach, 
California; another son, 
Stephen Undenwood and his 
wife Rita of Vancouver, Wash- 
ington; and his daughter, Laurie 
Sharr and her husband Weldon 
Shan-of Bodfish, California. Also 
by his grandchildren, Shaun 
Kennedy of Bridgewater, New 
Jersey; Russell Underwood of 
Long Beach, California; Elena 
Robles of Redondo Beach, 
California,' Christopher, Marion _ 

^nd Rachel Underwood of 
Vancouver, Washington. And 
by two great-grandchildren, 
Brett Austin Kennedy and Brit- 
tany Nicole Kennedy of 
Bridgewater, New Jersey. 

Services were entrusted to 
the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



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Kathleen Majorie 
Hetrick 

Kathleen was born on June 
4, 1920 in Tacoma, Washing- 
ton, to Emerson and Maude 
Miller. She first moved to Kern- 
ville from Ridgecrest with her 
two sons in the early 1 960's and 
was one of the early families 
who helped to start the Episco- 
pal church. After a short while, 
she moved back to Ridgecrest 
where she w orked as an office 
manager. She met Mike Hetrick 
and they were married on Au- 
gust 1 8, 1 970. They moved back 
to Kernville in December 1 970 
and commuted to Ridgecrest 
until she retired in 1 985. After a 
lengthy illness, she passed 
away at home on February 8, 
1997. 

She enjoyed being a part of 
the Order of the Eastern Star 
and served in various points. 
Services were held in the Ma- 
sonic Lodge in Kernville on 
Tuesday, February 11,1 997. 

Kathy is survived by Mike, 
her husband of 26 years; her 
sons, Charles Harkness, Sr. of 
Las Vegas, Nevada, and Sean 
Harkness of Newport Beach, 
California; her grandson 
Charles Harkness, Jr. and his 
wife, Dawn and their child, 
Kathy's great-granddaughter. 
Christian Lee. She is also sur- 
vived by her stepchildren, Mike's 
son Michael Dean Hetrick, his 
wife Anna and three grandchil- 
dren, Michael David, Ashely and 
Kalynn; and Mike's daughter, 
Karen, of Sacramento. 

She will be greatly missed by 
her family and many friends. 



Wednesday, February 19, 1997 



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Lillie Ann 
Blomgren 

Lillie Ann Blomgren passed 
away at the Kern Valley Hospi- 
tal on February 5, 1997, at the 
age of 98. She had been in poor 
health since suffering a broken 
hip two years ago. Known to all 
her fhends simply as "Lillie Ann," 
she was born in Semour Illinois, 
in 1 898 and lived most of her life 
in Ottumwa, Iowa, before mov- 
ing to the Kern River Valley in 
1961. She is survived by her 
son, Richard, a local business- 
man. 

Many local sportsmen and 
women will well remember her 
as the manager of Lake Isa- 
bella Boat & Trailer Storage, a 
business her son established in 
1 957. Plagued by poor manag- 
ers, Lillie Ann came to Dick's 
rescue by moving to the Kern 
River Valley and taking over 
management of the RV storage 
business. Her personality and 
friendliness resulted in the RV 
storage lot being transformed 
into a booming business. When 
the business was sold in 1980, 
she retired to a new home in the 
Lakeland Estates. Due to de- 
clining health, she became a 
resident of the Kern Valley Nurs- 
ing Center three years ago. 

Lillie Ann will be laid to rest 
alongside her mother at Hillcrest 
Memorial Park in Bakersfield. 
Funeral arranements con- 
ducted by Valley Mortuary. 



Clara "Ethel" 
Allen 

Funeral services were held 
Tuesday, February 18,1 997, at 
11:00 a.m. at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel for Clara Ethel Allen. 
Officiating was Pastor Deryl 
Lackey of Mt. View So. Baptist. 
Interment followed at Kern River 
Valley Cemetery. 

Clarawas born June 10, 1915 
in Bronte, Texas, and passed 
away February 12, 1997, in 
Bakersfield, California. She has 
been a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for 29 years, she 
and her husband moved here 
after retiring. She was a beauti- 
cian for 31 years and owned 
her own beauty salons. She 
was a member of the Eagles 
and loved fishing and camping. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of 63 years, Charles, of 
Bodfish; and 2 sons, Malcolm 
Allen of Hollywood, California, 
and James Edmond Allen of 
Anaheim, California; as well as 
many nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Sally Chacon 

A memorial service will be 
held Thursday evening at 5p.m., 
February 20, 1997, in Corona, 
California, for Sally Chacon, wife 
of Philip Chacon, who were resi- 
dents of Onyx. They were ac- 
tive in Kern River Valley and 
moved to Nuevo, California, 
after they left Onyx. 

Sally was born on October 
16, 1913, in Durango. She is 
survived by seven grandchil- 
dren; her twin daughters, Bar- 
bara Whittier of Corona, Cali- 
fornia, and Louise Shrier, who 
now resides in Washington. She 
was very loved by her friends all 
throughout her life, as she ex- 
tended a kindness to everyone 
around her. Her friends in Onyx 
like Marjorie Rothbauer, Bar- 
bara Scrogham, Betty Owens 
and many more lovely friends in 
Onyx, whom her daughter 
couldn't recall their names, but 
the family in California wish to 
extend their sincere thanks to 
all of you that were in any way 
connected with Phil and Sally. 

Mary Frances 
Eskew 

Private arrangements were 
made for Mary Frances Eskew 
of Lake Isabella, California. In- 
terment was at Kern River Val- 
ley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights. 

Mary was Dorn June ib, laTf" 
in Shelbyville, Indiana and 
passed away February 1 8, 1 997 
in Lake Isabella. She moved to 
the Kern River Valley after her 
husband Floyd retired in 1974. 
She was preceded in death by 
her husband in 1981. 

She was a member of the 
South Fork Womens Club and 
enjoyed her crafts and garden- 
ing. Also, she loved Bingo and 
taking trips to Laughlin with the 
club. 

Mary is survived by her son 
and daughter-in-law Gene and 
JoAnn Eskew of Lake Isabella; 
two grandchildren and two 
great-grandchildren; and her 
sister, Dorothy Dennis, of 
Reseda, California. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



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Wednesday, February 26, 1997 



Lucille Muxlow 

Funeral services were held 
on Wednesday, February 19, 
1 997, at the First Baptist Church 
in Lake Isabella for Lucille 
Hannah Muxlow, age 83, of 
Lake Isabella. Officiating was 
Pastor David Snow and inter- 
ment was in the Inglewood Park 
Cemetery in Inglewood, Cali- 
fornia. 

An 1 1 -year Kern Valley resi- 
dent, Mrs. Muxlow was born on 
January 30, 1914 in Phillips, 
Colorado, and passed away in 
a Bakersfield hospital on Feb- 
ruary 14, 1997. Lucille was an 
active and faithful member of 
the First Baptist Church of Lake 
Isabella where she sang in the 
choir and served as the trea- 
surer of the American Baptist 
Women's Association. Lucille 
loved people and was proud of 
her home and enjoyed taking 
care of it. 

Survivors include her hus- 
band, Pat Muxlow of Lake Isa- 
bella; two sons, Edward Stapp 
of Anaheim and Gary Stapp of 
Corona; a daughter, Peggy 
Sekelik of Lake Isabella; step- 
children, David Muxlow of 
Burbank and Darlene Wimer of 
Washington, D.C.; 15 grand- 
children and numerous great- 
grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
in Lucille's memory may be 
made to the Building Fund of 
the First Baptist Church of Lake 
Isabella. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella, 



Wednesday, February 26, 1997 



16 



Erma Christine 
Depew 

Graveside services were held 
Wednesday, March 5, 1997, at 
1.00 p.m. at Kern River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights 
for Erma Christine Depew. Mrs. 
Depew was born October 14, 
1906 in Glassco, Kansas and 
passed away February 28, 1 997 
in Bakersfield, California. She 
was 90 years of age and had 
been a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for 1 years. 

Mrs. Depew was preceded 
in death by her husband, Kent, 
in 1995. She is survived by her 
grandson Mil<e Depew of Eu- 
reka, California; granddaugh- 
ter Kris Depew of Lake Isabella; 
three great-grandchildren; and 
a sister, Mildred Mabry, of 
Tulare, California. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Thelma Nadine 
Hedges 

Graveside services were held 
Friday, February 28, 1997, at 
2:00 p.m. at Kern River Valley 
Cemetery for Thelma Nadine 
Hedges of Mt. Mesa. Officiating 
was Pastor Francis Edge of the 
Lighthouse Pentecostal Church 
of Lake Isabella. Mrs. Hedges 
was born September 8, 1916, 
in Holden, Missouri, and passed 
away February 22, 1 997, in Mt. 
Mesa. — — ■ 

She loved to sew and read 
and she was devoted to her 
daughter, Judy. 

Mrs. Hedges is survived by 
her husband of 62 years, Walter 
Hedges; daughter, Judy, of 
Lake Isabella; sons and daugh- 
ters-in-law, David and Bonnie 
Hedges, of Riverside, Califor- 
nia; and John and Karen 
Hedges of Weldon; nine grand- 
children and 15 great-grand- 
children. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Wednesday, March 5, 1997 



17 



Edith J. Malone 

Graveside services were held 
Wednesday, February 26, 
1 997, at 1 1 .00 a.m. in the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery for Edith 
J. Malone, 58, of Wofford 
Heights. Visitation was held on 
Tuesday, February 25, 1997. 
Edith was a member of the 
Apalatea family, Kern River 
Valley pioneers. She was born 
in Bakersfield on February 1 8, 
1 939, and passed away at her 
home on February 24, 1997. 

Edith attended schools in the 
Kern River Valley and was a 
U.S. Air Force veteran. She had 
also worked for the International 
Red Cross and at the Pentagon 
in Washington, D.C. before 
moving to Los Angeles where 
she served as vice-president of 
California Federal Savings. 

She returned to the Kern 

River Valley in 1 987 and worked 
for the Kern River Valley Water 
Company, formerly Dominguez 
and Arden Water Companies. 
She retired in September 1 996 
due to ill health. Edith also 
served on the Board of the 
Wofford Heights Improvement 
Group. 

Survivors include her mother, 
Marie Apalatea Malone, of Kern- 
ville; three sisters, Clara Ander- 
son of Kernville; Patricia Henry 
of Wyoming; and Dorothy 
Denson of Bakersfield; five 
brothers, Harvey Malone of 
Kernville; Willard Malone of 
Wofford Heights; Stanley 
Malone of Upland, California; 
Loren Malone of Kernville; and 
Boyd Malone of Ridgecrest; her 
companion. Marge Elefante, of 
Wofford Heights; and numer- 
ous nieces and nephews. She 
was preceded in death by her 
father, Arthur Ray Malone and 
a sister, Joyce Crofton. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Billie Strain 

On February 27, 1997, Billie 
Strain, 70, passed away at her 
residence in Lake Isabella. Billie 
was born on January 24, 1 927, 
in Dillon, Montana, to her par- 
ents, Arthur and Pauline 
McAlpin. 

After living in Montana for 
several years, she moved to 
East Palatka, Florida. There she 
worked as a Managing Field 
Representative for the Moran 
Meat Company. In 1992, she 
moved to the Kern River Valley 
area and made her home in 
Lake Isabella. 

She is survived by her son, 
Bob Blevins, and wife Nancy of 
East Palatka, Florida; two 
granddaughters, Stacey 
Baldwin and her children, Alex 
Rodriguez, AJ Baldwin, and 
Krystal Baldwin; Billie Blevings 
with her daughter, Courtney 
Page Blevins; many nieces and 
nephews, including Louise and 
Henry Elbrest of Helena, Mon- 
tana, and their children. Billie is 
also survived by a sister, Ruth 
Harris, of Long Beach, Califor- 
nia; as well as a very special 
friend, JoAnn John of Lake Isa- 
bella. 

Of alh the things that were 
mentioned most aiaout Billie was 
her loving devotion to her family 
and friends. She will be greatly 
missed and forever loved by all 
whose lives she touched. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home. 



l\/lartha Clark 
Petersen 

On February 1 9, 1 997, Mar- 
tha Clark Petersen, 74, of Onyx 
passed away in Mountain Mesa, 
California. Martha was born on 
May 26, 1922, in Salem, Or- 
egon, to her parents Frank 
Bates Clark and Mollie Belle 
Thornbrye. 

-Martha was4oducted4nto tbe- 
United State6.Navy on July 16, 
1943, and served her country 
faithfully until the end of Worid 
War II, where she received an 
honorable discharge in Decem- 
ber of 1945. She attended col- 
lege and later worked for Or- 
ange County Social Services 
as a case worker. 

She met and married the love 
of her life, Donald Richard 
Petersen. Nearly nine years 
ago, Martha and her family 
moved to the Kern River Valley 
area and settled down in Onyx. 
She was very active with her 
family and friends. 

Martha is survived by her 
husband Donald Petersen of 
Onyx; her daughter, Carolyn 
Suzanne Petersen and her 
grandson, Kelley Richard 
Petersen, both of the Kern River 
Valley. She is also survived by 
two brothers, David Clark, and 
his wife, Linda, of Sacramento, 
California; and Robert Clark of 
Orange County, California. 

Martha will be missed by all 
those who loved her and by all 
those of whom she loved. 

Services were arranged by 
the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



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18 



Hazel Colleen 
McEwen 

On February 20, 1997, Ha- 
zel Colleen McEwen, age 68, 
passed away at her residence 
in Weldon. Hazel was born on 
September 5,1928, in Cape 
Girardeau, Missouri, to her par- 
ents, Arthur Davis and Edna 
May Easley. She completed her 
schooling in Missouri and then 
moved to the Los Angeles area. 
She worked in the accounting 
industry ^t various companies 
as a company controller. Dur- 
ing that time, she met and fell in 
love with Richard McEwen. Not 
too long after, they were mar- 
ried in Los Angeles on June 1 6, 
1 944. Hazel moved to the val- 
ley and had been a resident of 
Weldon for over 20 years. 

She leaves behind two 
daughters, Christina and her 
husband Bob Vess of Weldon; 
and Jinie Wood of San Diego, 
Califomia. She also leaves three 
sisters, Velma Pratt of Utah; 
Nancy Nichols of Lone Pine, 
California; and Billie of Palm 
Desert, California; six grand- 
children, Aaron Pulido, Lisa 
Hudnall, Bobby G. Vess Jr., 
Stephanie Wood, Samantha 
Wood, and Kathleen Wood, 
along with eight great-grand- 
children. She will be deeply 
missed and forever loved by all 
whose lives she touched in her 



own special way. 

The following is a tribute to 
Hazel from one of her grand- 
children: 

"On Saturday, I rushed 
around all afternoon getting 
ready to come home. I finally 
had some time to relax on the 
plane and began to think about 
everything my grandmother 
meant to me. I remember her 
being strong-willed and inde- 
pendent. She raised her own 
family; and then raised my sis- 
ter and me, for the most part. 
She had not only the responsi- 
bility of raising two of her grand- 
children, but also of caring for 
her husband, who was physi- 
cally disabled. She accepted 
these responsibilities without 
complaint and was devoted to 
caring for all of us. She taught 
me the basics to live by: Re- 
spect your elders, treat people 
as you would like them to treat 
you, always do your best. 

"She taught me how to read 
before I ever started school. 
She taught me the importance 
of education and instilled in me 
an intense curiosity about the 
world around me. The gifts she 
gave to me are priceless and I 
hope to pass them along to my 
own chldren someday. She was 
mother, teacher, counselor, and 
friend. She was all these things 
and more, to me and to all the 
other peopleghe touched in her 
life." 

Arrangements were made by 
the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Wednesday, March 12, 1997 



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Gerard F. 
Passarelli 

Private family memorial ser- 
vices will be held at a later date 
for Gerard Francis "Rod" 
Passarelli, 70, of Weldon. Mr. 
Passarelli was born June 16, 
1926, in Brooklyn, New York, 
and passed away on March 2, 
1 997, in a Bakersfield hospital. 

He moved to Santa Monica 
in 1936 and served with the 
U.S. Navy on LST's in the Pa- 
cific from 1943-1946. After 
World War II, he worked as a 
mechanic and was involved in 
the early days of drag racing in 
Southern California, including 
racing at the Dry Lakes which 
are part of Edwards Air Force 
Base, and was also involved in 
the construction of the San 
Fernando Drag Strip. Rod 
worked for Galpin Ford from 
1957 until the early 1970's as 
an air conditioning and electri- 
cal specialist. 

His hobbies included model 
trains, repairing electronics, and 
Nascar Racing (Ford teams, 
naturally!). He was a member 
of the pit crew for Galpin Ford's 
Racing Team in the early 60's, 
working on cars driven by Don 
Noel and Ron Hornaday, Sr. 

Rod moved to the Kern River 
Valley in 1980 and served on 
the Board of Directors at Valley 
Estates Water Company. 

He is survived by his wife of 
48 years, Marion L Passarelli, 
of Weldon; granddaughters, 
Alicia of Bakersfield, California, 
and Jennifer of Mesa, Arizona; 
sister and brother-in-law, Marie 
and Gordon Taylor of Canyon 
Lake, California; brother and 



sister-in-law. Jack and Doris 
Higgins of Oceanside, Califor- 
nia; sister-in-law, Virginia 
Higgins of Santa Rosa, Califor- 
nia; nephew, Tom Taylor, of 
Kernville; nieces Chris Brower 
of Santa Rosa and April of 
Oceanside, as well as many 
friends and acquaintances. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
may be made in Rod's memory 
to the American Heart Associa- 
tion, 404 Truxtun Ave., Bakers- 
field, CA 93301 . 

Arrangements under the di- 
rection of Valley Mortuary, Lake 
Isabella. 



Mary Ann Hill 

Funeral services were held 
Thursday, March 6, 1997, at 
1 1 :00 AM at the Masonic Lodge 
#827 in Kernville, California for 
Mary Ann Hill. Officiating was 
the Eastern Star Funeral Team 
and Sandy Mathieu-Worthy 
Matron. Interment followed at 
Kern River Valley Cemetery in 
Wofford Heights. 

Mary Ann was born October 
6, 1911, in Buffalo, New York, 
and passed away March 3, 
1997, in Bakersfield, California, 
after a long illness. She has 
been a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for the past 28 
years. She worked as a tailor 
and seamstress for over 50 
years. She was a member of 
the Eastern Star. 

She is survived by her daugh- 
ter, Diane Carson of Wofford 
Heights; and two sisters, Mimie 
Gaiiglio of Long Beach and 
Adiean Rodgers of San Diego; 
and two grandsons, Joseph and 
Scott; and one great-grandchild. 



Joshua. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Melvin "Mel" 
Richard Minor 

Long time Kern Valley resi 
dent, Melvin "Mel" Richard Mi 
nor, passed away from a hear 
attack at 8:15 p.m. on Satur- 
day, March 8, 1997. Sen/ices 
will be held for him at Valley 
Mortuary at 11 a.m. Thursday, 
March 13, 1997. Mel's brother, 
Dr. James F. Minor, will offici- 
ate. A wake is to follow the 
services at Mel-O-D^e's Fash- 
ions. 

Mel, along with his wife Dee, 
o^he6 Mel-O-Defe's Fashions 
and Mel's Limo Service. They 
also owned and operated 
Northridge Electric. 

Survivors include Mel's wife, 
Dee Minor, along with five sons 
and 14 grandchildren. 

The family asks that in lieu of 
flowers, donations can be made 
to the American Heart Associa- 
tion. 



Wednesday, March 19, 1997 



20 



Reba C. Landrum 

Graveside services for Reba 
Charlene Landrum, 57, of Wel- 
don, were held on Wednesday, 
March 12, 1997 at the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights. Pastor Mike 
Splawn of the Kern River Valley 
Christian Church officiated. A 
1 7 year Kern River Valley resi- 
dent, Reba was born January 
7, 1940 in OIney, Illinois, and 
moved to California in 1 957 from 
Arkansas. She enjoyed camp- 
ing and fishing, crocheting and 
making blankets. She was a 
homemaker and had also 
worked as a nurses aide. Reba 
is survived by her husband, 
Thomas Landrum of Weldon; 
son, Tim Landrum of Riverbank; 
daughters, Debra Austin of 
Modesto and Sarah Beth 
Landrum of Weldon; sisters, 
Jeannie Poindexter of Loomis 
and Betty Laubenstein of Stock- 
ton; brother, Harley Plumlee of 
Yellville, Arkansas; grandchil- 
dren, Amanda and Donnie Aus- 
tin and Christine, Curt and 
Courtnie Landrum as well as 
many other relatives and 
friends. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 




Romero Simon 
Martinet 

Memorial services will be held 
Thursday, March 20, 1997 at 
1 1 :00 AM at the Elks Lodge 
#2358 in Wofford Heights for 
Romero Simon Martinet. 
Romero was born February 1 1 , 
1913 in St. Martinville, Louisi- 
ana, and passed away March 
8, 1997 in Lancaster,' Califor- 
nia. He was 84 years of age. 
Romero was a retired painter 
for the Los Angeles Unified 
School District and a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for the 
past 21 years. He was a mem- 
ber of the Elks and the Moose. 
He loved fishing and called 
Bingo at the Elks. He also liked 
traveling with the Elk Wheels. 

He is survived by his son, 
Kenneth Martinet of Colorado; 
his brother Elmo J. Martinet of 
Wofford Heights; sisters, Maude 
Barr and Wanda Gerry, both of 
Wofford Heights; sister Louise 
Mayfield of Texas; his compan- 
ion Melba Taylor of Lake Isa- 
bella; four grandchildren; and 
one great-grandchild. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Melvin (Mel) 
Richard Minor 

Funeral services were held 
Thursday, March 13, 1997 at 
1 1 :00 AM at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel for Mel Minor who 
passed away Saturday, March 
8, 1997 in Mt. Mesa, California. 
Mel was born April 20, 1931 in 
Columbus, Ohio to John Or- 
egon and Violet Denman Mi- 
nor. Mel recently retired from 
the Los Angeles Dept. of Water 
and Power, a job he enjoyed. 
He served in the Marine Corps 
in the early 1 950's. He was a 
member of the Moose Lodge 
andthe Exchange Club. He was 
a licensed electrician. Melvin 
was a ready helper to any who 
needed his assistance. His in- 
terests were wide, including 
such things as stock car racing, 
water sports, and working on 
old vehicles. He had a tremen- 
dous sense of humor. The com- 
munity will miss his active pres- 
ence. 

He is survived by his wife 
Dee; five sons, Melvin Wayne, 
Ricky, John, Robert, and 
James; a brother, James F. of 
Kansas City, Missouri; a sister, 
Betty Wolford of Columbus, 
Ohio; 14 grandchildren, and two 
great-grandchildren; and count- 
less friends. His t)rother Dr. 
James F. Minor will be officiat- 
ing the service. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



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21 



John Marshall 
DeVicarlis 

Graveside services were held 
_Monday>1arch 1 7, 1 997 at 1 :00 
PM at Kern River Valley Cem- 
etery for John Marshall 
DeVicariis, who passed away 
Tuesday, March 11, 1997 in 
Bodfish, California. John was 
born May 24, 1961 in 
Northridge, California and has 
been a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for 21 years. John 
loved H.O. Trains and Quad 
running and camping. He was a 
loving father, son, and fi-iend. 
He is survived by his mother, 
Patricia Carroll and grand- 
mother, Maxine Carroll, both of 
Bodfish; his father, Louis 
DeVicariis, of San Fernando; 
his son John Lee DeVicariis of 
Bodfish; sister and brother-in- 
law Tammy and Sam Feemster 
of Bodfish; nephew John Wayne 
Feemster of Bodfish; and 
brother, Louis DeVicariis Jr. of 
Colorado. He will be greatly 
missed by all. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Margaret£va 
Amsk 

Funeral services were held 
on Tuesday, March 1 1 , 1 997 at 
the Full Gospel Fellowship in 
Mt. Mesa for Margaret Eva 
Amsk, 74, of Lake Isabella. 
Pastor Gary Nichols officiated 
and interment followed at the 
Desert Memorial Park in 
Ridgecrest. A 49 year area resi- 
dent, Mrs. Amsk was born Janu- 
ary 13, 1923 in Tulsa, Okla- 
homa and went to be with her 
Lord on March 7, 1997 at a 
Bakersfield hospital after a brief 
illness. Eva was a devoted 
Christian and a student. of the 
Bible. She was an active mem- 
ber of the Full Gospel Fellow- 
ship, loved music and dearly 
loved being a homemaker, a 
mother and an example to her 
1 1 children. Eva is survived by 
her husband of 1 2 years, Arthur 
W. Amsk of Lake Isabella; her 
sons, Wanye Beck, of Baton 
Rouge, Louisiana, and David 
and Mark Beck, both, of 
Springdale, Arkansas, and son, 
Allyn Amsk; her daughters, 
Margaret McGovern of 
Henderson, Nevada, Laura Lile 
of Ridgecrest, Paula Cooper of 
Medford, Oregon, Joanna Lewis 
of Tempe, Arizona, Rosemary 
Keeton of Canton, Ohio, Chris- 
tina Gupton of Springdale, Ar- 
kansas, and Priscilla Wheatley 
and Drucilla Martin, both of Lake 
Isabella; her brothers, Donald 
and Russell Turner, both of 
Springdale, Arkansas, 32 
grandchildren and 15 great- 
grandchildren. Eva will be 
greatly missed by all her family 
and friends. 

Arrangements entrusted to 
the care of Valley Mortuary, 
Lake Isabella. 



Floyd A. Johnson 

Graveside services were held 
on Friday, March 14, 1997 at 
the Kern River Valley Cemetery 
in Wofford Heights for Floyd 
Albert Johnson, 72, of Bodfish. 
Pastor David Snow of the First 
Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 
and V.F.W. Post #7665 offici- 
ated. As a 1 7 year Kern River 
Valley resident, Mr. Johnson 
was born January 6, 1925 in 
Gorman, South Dakota and 
passed away at his winter home 
in Apache Junction, Arizona on 
March 9, 1 997. He was a retired 
contractor having owned a 
heavy equipment operating 
business for 15 years prior to 
his retirement. Floyd' worked 
hard but also enjoyed life co the 
fullest extent. He was -i good 
husband, father and grandpa. 

Floyd was preceded in death 
by his first wife, Wilma in 1 991 . 
Survivors include his wife of 4 
1/2 years, Marie, of Detroit 
Lakes, Minnesota, Apache 
Junction, Arizona, and Bodfish; 
son. Rick Johnson of North Hol- 
lywood; son and daughter-in- 
law, Floyd and Deborah 
Johnson of Granada Hills; 
daughter and son-in-law, Lynda 
and Paul Taylor of Minden, 
Nevada; four grandchildren and 
three great-grandchildren; 
brother and sister-in-law, Don 
and Yvonne Johnson of Sioux 
Falls, South Dakota; brother and 
sister-in-law, Merle and Bonnie 
Johnson of Sioux Falls, South 
Dakota; sister and brother-in- 
law, Joy and Paul DeBerg of 
Watertown, South Dakota. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 



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Ellen Jayne 
Sawyer 

A funeral services was con- 
ducted Tuesday, March 11, 
1997 at the Highland Chapel 
United Methodist Church for 
Ellen Jayne Sayvyer of Lake 
Isabella, by Pastor Floyd R. 
Castillo. Ellen Jayne Sawyer 
was born on July 29, 1919, in 
Reno, Nevada to Clifford B. 
Foltz and Edith Holland. She 
grew up in Sparks, Nevada, later 
moving to Southern California 
where she completed high 
school. She earned her degree 
from UCLA. On October 19, 
1963, she married Addison 
Sawyer, a widower whom she 
had met while at UCLA. Her life 
really began with Addison. They 
did everything together for the 
next 25 years. They sailed their 
boat, and they traveled all over 
the world. Their favorite sailing 
trips were to Catalina, where 
they had a mooring in Howland's 
Landing, and down lo Mexico, 
either with friends with their 
boats, or by themselves. They 
also traveled in the inland wa- 
terways of Europe, starting out 
in France, and ending up in the 
middle of the continent. When 
Addison died in 1987, Ellen 



Ellen is survived by her son, 
Richard Brun and his wife 
Coleen, of Lake Isabella; her 
stepdaughters, Christine and 
Cynthia; six grandchildren, 
Debbie, Jaime, Galen, Eliza- 
beth, Tarek and Ziad. She will 
be missed by all of us. Inter- 
ment will be at Rose Hills Cem- 
filery Jn Whittier, vytiere her 
ashes will be placecHo rest with 
her late husband, Addison. 

Services arranged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



came to live in the Kern Valley 
with her son, Richard Brun. She 
enjoyed the arts and classical 
music, making many trips to 
Bakersfield to attend the con- 
certs with her many friends. Her 
first love was bridge, and she 
played as often as she could. 
She was the prime mover be- 
hind the Golden Gleaners' Se- 
nior Sack Program at the High- 
land Chapel from its beginning 
in 1989, and she was recog- 
nized by the Exchange Club for 
her volunteer work. Ellen had 
difficulty in hearing, but that did 
not diminish the sparkle in her 
eye nor the spirit in her heart. 
After a lengthy illness, Ellen 
passed away on March 7, 1 997, 
in Lake Isabella. 



Charles (Fred) 
Needham 

Services were held Saturday, 
March 15, at the Full Gospel 
Fellowship, 12312 Mountain 
Mesa Road, Mountain Mesa, 
California. Pastor Gary Nichols 
officiated. Interment was at 
Hillcrest Memorial Park & Mor- 
tuary in Bakersfield immediately 
following. Charles was born 
December 16, 1914, in Kansas 
City, Missouri. He went to be 
with the Lord March 1 1 , 1 997 in 
Weldoh, California. He retired 
from Asbury Transportation in 
1 978 after a lifetime of driving. 
He loved every minute of his 
retirement. 

He leaves his wife Reba of 

54 years; two daughters, Janice 
Needham, Sharon Odermann 
and husband Al; son. Phi 
Needham and wife Carmen; 
eight grandchildren; and nine 
great-grandchildren. 

In lieu of flowers, the family 
asked that donations be sent to 
the Salvation Army, 724 21st 
St , Bakersfield, California 
93305, for the flood victims of 
the Ohio Valley. Services were 
entrusted to the Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home. 



Nathan Clark 
Mace Sr. 

Services were held Friday, 
March 21, 1997, at 10:00 a.m. 
at Laso Indian Cemetery in 
Onyx on the hill for Nathan 
Clark Mace Sr., 69, of Weldon, 
California, who passed away 
March 17, 1997. in Bakers- 



Wednesday, March 26, 1997 



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field. Pall Bearers: Ralph 
Chico, Floyd Manwell, 
Raymond Garcia, Forest Helm, 
Rusty Laird, Rick Bennett, Rick 
Alvary, Bert Eller, and Johnny 
Valdez. 

Nathan Clark Mace Sr. was 
a living husband, daddy, grand- 
father, great-grandfather, 
brother, uncle, and a friend to 
everyone who knew him. He 
was born September 1 , 1 927, 
and raised in Onyx, California. 
He was a resident of Weldon 
all of his life. He attended South 
Fork Elementary School, and 
went on to Sherman Institute 
Indian School in Riverside for 
high school. He served ifl.the 
. United Elates Anmed. Eoroad 
from July 28, 1954, to NovJB, 
1956, with an honorable dis- 
charge. He was proud of his 
Native American Paiute- 
Shoshone heritage. His unique 
personality touched so many 
lives as only he could do. 
Cowboying was his way of life. 
He enjoyed spending time with 
his family, hunting, driving his 
truck, listening to country mu- 
sic, riding his horse, and telling 
stories. He has worked at the 
sawmill in Johnsondale when 
it was operating, and the many 
local ranches. His stories of 
his Indian heritage and service 
in the armed forces will live on 
through his wife, children, and 
grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by 
his son Mark Dale Mace, Sr. He 
is survived by his wife and 
sweetheart of 41 years, Pauline 
J. Mace; his children, Judy Lynn 
Mace, Colleen J. Alvary, Patrica 
A. Vigil, Natalie A. Bennett, of 
Bakersfield, Nathan C. Mace 
Jr. II, Paul C. Mace, Lisa R. 
Mace, Yvonne M. Smith, of 
Weldon, Sherry L Mace of Bod- 



fish, Andrew B. Mace, Loretta 
J. Garcia, of Oregon; nine 
granddaughters; 10 grandsons; 
and one great-granddaughter; 
sons-in-law. Forest L. Helm, 
Rick Alvary Sr., Rick Bennett, 
Shane Martinez of Bakersfield, 
Raymond Garcia of Oregon, 
Russell Laird of Weldon; daugh- 
ter-in-law, Lisa Lane Mace of 
Onyx; sisters, Irene Miranda, of 
Las Vegas, Nevada; Angle 
Tungate, Patrica Casteel, 
Mildred Somara of Tracy, Cali- 
fornia; brothers-in-law, 
Raymond" J. Hunter of Bencia, 
California; Roy Casteel, Everett 
Tungate, Sr. of Tracy, Califor- 
nia; sister-in-law Molly Mace of 
Bakersfield; Rurjko Hunter of 
Benica, California; nieces and 
nephews; great nieces and 
nephews; and numerous cous- 
ins. 

He will be missed very much. 
Inhiswordshewasjustadaddy, 
but to us he was much more 
than words could ever say. He 
was a loving, caring husband 
and sweetheart. We will love 
him forever. 



William D. 
Chappell 

Graveside services for Will- 
iam D. "Wendy" Chappell, 89, 
of Weldon, were held on 
Wednesday, March 19, 1997, 
at 1 1 00 am in the Pioneer Sec- 
tion of the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery, Wofford Heights. 
Officiating was Pastor Floyd 
Castillo of the Highland Chapel 
Methodist Church and the 
V.F.W. Post #7665 of Lake Isa- 
bella, of which he was a charter 
member. 

Wendy was born m 
Tehachapi on June 5, 1907, 
and passed away on March 1 4, 
1 997, in a Bakersfield Hospital. 
He started his working life as a 
cowboy on the Hill Ranch in 
Tehachapi and moved with the 
ranch to Onyx in 1932. He en- 
tered the U.S. Army in 1942 
and served in France as a For- 
ward Observer for heavy artil- 
lery. After his discharge in 1 945, 
Wendy began a 26 year career 
with the California Division of 
Highways (CalTrans), retinng 

in 1971. 

In 1944, Wendy began 52 
years of happy marriage with 
Marguerite "Mudder" Alexander 
of Weldon and they enjoyed 26 
years of retirement together until 
her death on May 31 , 1996. 

He was preceded in death by 
3 brothers and a sister, and by 
his stepdaughter, Marjorie 
"Becky" Alexander. Survivors 
include 2 stepchildren, Annette 
"Sis" Staats of Caliente, Cali- 
fornia, and Leonard Alexander 
of Weldon; 10 grandchildren; 
seven great-grandchildren; a 
niece, Mary Knoy of Port Ange- 
les, Washington; and a nephew, 
Mike McCarthy of Caliente, 
California. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 



Clyde (Bob) Lee 
Robinson 

Graveside services were held 
on Friday, March 21, 1997, at 
11 a.m. at the old part of the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery in 
Wofford Heights for Clyde (Bob) 
Lee Robinson, 72, of Weldon, 
California, who passed away 
on March 16, 1997, at Mercy 
Hospital in Bakersfield. Pastor 
Robbie Robinson officiated. 

Bob was born on September 
1 4, 1 924, to Estella Butterbredt 
Robinson and Robert L. 
Robinson in the old Apalatea 
house above Old Kernville, 
where Kernville is located to- 
day. He had two sisters, Betty 
Lewis of Ridgecrest and Bernice 
Wermuth, deceased. He at- 
tended grammar school in Old 
Kernville. He was a Native 
American Indian. Hisfamily had 
many generations raised in the 
Kern Valley area. Bob enjoyed 
his youth growing up in the val- 
ley. He loved to deer hunt, camp 
outdoors, ride horses, gather 
pinons in the fall, help on the 
different ranches and the movie 
sets in Old Kernville. He was 
knowledgeable in the history 
and areas around the valley 
because of his love and interest 



he had for it, especially the 
Scodie Mountain Range. 

He joined the U.S. Army in 
1943. He was a World War II 
Veteran, serving in New Guinea 
and the Southern Philippines. 
He received the Good Conduct 
Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Cam- 
paign Medal, Bronze Arrow- 
head, American Campaign 
Medal, Philippine Liberation 
Ribbon, and World War II Vic- 
tory Medal. He was discharged 
in 1945 as a Buck Sergeant. 

Bob married Rose Robinson 
on October 16, 1949, in Old 
Kernville. They had four chil- 
dren, Robert James Robinson 
of Weldon, Catherine Lee Para- 
dise of Weldon, Terry Lyn 
McDonald of Kernville, and 
Clyde David Robinson of Kelso 
Canyon. 

Bob enjoyed living in the Kern 
River Valley. He will be remem- 
bered for the beautiful bits and 
spurs he made and sold in the 
valley. He loved to tell stories 



and shared them with the valley 
through KVLI Radio in Lake Isa- 
bella once a week for a few 
years. His work in the' valley 
was working on the Lake Isa- 
bella Dam, Custodian and Bus 
Driver at Woodrow Wallace El- 
ementary School, Camp Erwin 
Owen, and his best work on 
ranches, Syth Ranch in Onyx 
and Quarter Circle Five Ranch 
in Faye Canyon in Weldon. He 
loved horses and a mighty fine 
mule named "Martin". Bob and 
Martin were quite a pair. Every 
year in the spring. Bob would 
help take teenage Indian stu- 
dents out to the Panamint Moun- 
tain area called Indian Ranch 
and teach them some Indian 
culture and history. He looked 
forward to this time with the 
students. He helped to orga- 
nize the Kern Valley Indian 
Council and the Kawaiisu- 
Shoshone Indian Council. He 
was one of the original Kern 
County Search and Rescue pi- 
lot program members. They 
covered a large area including 
Tulare County. He was known 
for his tracking ability and knowl- 
edge of things dealt with in 
Search and Rescue. He was a 
member of the Masonic Lodge 
in Kernville and Scottish Rite in 
Bakersfield. 

He also had an interest in art. 
He painted, worked with leather, 
and set silver in his bits and 
spurs and designed the silver. 
He led the organization that 
would have an Old Timers Pic- 
nic every year in the Kern River 
Valley. He enjoyed doing the 
deep pit for the meat. He looked 
forward to doing this picnic ev- 
ery year. He loved enchiladas. 

He has 12 grandchildren: 
Casey, Flint, Justin, and Deana 
Robinson; Dan and Robert 
Cook; Christipher and Mindy 
McDonald; Tiffany Rolfson; and 
numerous nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by 
his sister, Bernice Wermuth, 
and a great-grandson, Bryce 
Daniel Rolfson. He will be 
missed. 

Tribute and Indian Ceremony 
by the Pallbearers Services 
entrusted to the Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home. 



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Wednesday, March 26, 1997 



James Brady 
Barricman 

A private family service was 
held for James Barricman, who 
passed away on March 17, 
1 997, at his home in Lake Isa- 
bella. James was born on De- 
cember31 , 1 948, in Montebello, 
California, to George Leo, and 
Dorris Irene Barricman. 

James grew up in California, 
and loved to work with his hands. 
The things he built ranged from 
wooden signs to walkways. He 
enjoyed painting, fishing, and 
going on R. V. trips with his mom. 
He was full of life, and showed 
each person love-.4fKbis own 
special way. 

■•i* James leaves his wife, Karen; 
his children, Amanda Adams, 
Stacy Sneeden, and James 
Brady Barricman Jr. He also 
leaves two sisters, Dorothy 
Redman, and Dorris Rieser; his 
mother, Dorris; his four grand- 
children, Jack Kneeden, Lauren 
Sneeden, James Sneeden, and 
Taylor Adams; three uncles; and 
three aunts; as well as a host of 
special friends. He was pre- 
ceded in death by his father. He 
will be greatly missed, and for- 
ever loved, by all whose lives 
he touched. 

Arrangements made by Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Clyde (Bob) Lee 
Robinson 

Graveside services were held 
on Friday, IVIarch 21, 1997, at 
1 1 a.m. at the old part of the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery in 
Wofford Heights for Clyde (Bob) 
Lee Robinson, 72, of Weldon, 
California, who passed away 
on March 16, 1997, at Mercy 
Hospital in Bakersfield. Pastor 
Robbie Robinson officiated. 

Bob was born on September 
1 4, 1 924, to Estella Butterbredt 
Robinson and Robert L. 
Robinson in the old Apalatea 
house above Old Kernvilie, 
where Kernvilie is located to- 
day. He had two sisters, Betty 
Lewis of Ridgecrest and Bernice 
Wermuth, deceased. He at- 
tended grammar school in Old 
Kernvilie. He was a Native 
American Indian. His family had 
many generations raised in the 
Kern Valley area. Bob enjoyed 
his youth growing up in the val- 
ley. He loved to deer hunt, camp 
outdoors, ride horses, gather 
pinons in the fail, help on the 
different ranches and the movie 
sets in Old Kernvilie. He was 
knowledgeable in the history 
and areas around the valley 
because of his love and interest 



he had for it, especially the 
Scodie Mountain Range. 

He joined the U.S. Army in 
1943. He was a World War II 
Veteran, serving in New Guinea 
and the Southern Philippines. 
He received the Good Conduct 
Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Cam- 
paign Medal, Bronze Arrow- 
head, American Campaign 
Medal, Philippine Liberation 
Ribbon, and World War II Vic- 
tory Medal. He was discharged 
in 1 945 as a Buck Sergeant. 

Bob married Rose Robinson 
on October 16, 1949, in Old 
Kernvilie. They had four chil- 
dren, Robert James Robinson 
of Weldon, Catherine Lee Para- 
dise of Weldon, Terry Lyn 
McDonald of Kernvilie, and 
Clyde David Robinson of Kelso 
Canyon. 

Bob enjoyed living in the Kern 
River Valley. He will be remem- 
bered for the beautiful bits and 
spurs he made and sold in the 
vailey. He loved to tell stories 



and shared them with the valley 
through KVU Radio in Lake Isa- 
bella once a week for a few 
years. His work in the' valley 
was working on the Lake Isa- 
bella Dam, Custodian and Bus 
Driver at Woodrow Wallace El- 
ementary School, Camp Enwin 
Owen, and his best work on 
ranches, Syth Ranch in Onyx 
and Quarter Circle Five Ranch 
in Faye Canyon in Weldon. He 
loved horses and a mighty fine 
mule named "Martin". Bob and 
Martin were quite a pair. Every 
year in the spnng, Bob would 
help take teenage Indian stu- 
dents out to the Panamint Moun- 
tain area called Indian Ranch 
and teach them some Indian 
culture and history. He looked 
forward to this time with the 
students. He helped to orga- 
nize the Kern Valley Indian 
Council and the Kawaiisu- 
Shoshone Indian Council. He 
was one of the original Kern 
County Search and Rescue pi- 
lot program members. They 
covered a large area including 
Tulare County. He was known 
for his tracking ability and knowl- 
edge of things dealt with in 
Search and Rescue. He was a 
member of the Masonic Lodge 
in Kernvilie and Scottish Rite in 
Bakersfield. 

He also had an interest in art. 
He painted, worked with leather, 
and set silver in his bits and 
spurs and designed the silver. 
He led the organization that 
would have an Old Timers Pic- 
nic every year in the Kern River 
Valley. He enjoyed doing the 
deep pit for the meat. He looked 
foPA/ard to doing this picnic ev- 
ery year. He loved enchiladas. 
He has 12 grandchildren: 
Casey, Flint, Justin, and Deana 
Robinson; Dan and Robert 
Cook; Christipher and Mindy 
McDonald; Tiffany Rolfson; and 
numerous nieces and nephews. 
He was preceded in death by 
his sister, Bernice Wermuth, 
and a great-grandson, Bryce 
Daniel Rolfson. He will be 
missed. 

Tribute and Indian Ceremony 
by the Pallbearers Services 
entrusted to the Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home. 



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Wednesday, March 26, 1997 



James Brady 
Barricman 

A private family service was 
held for James Barricman, who 
passed away on March 17, 
1997, at his home in Lake Isa- 
bella. James was born on De- 
cemberSI , 1 948, in Montebello, 
California, to George Leo, and 
Dorris Irene Barricman. 

James grew up in California, 
and loved to work with his hands. 
The things he built ranged from 
wooden signs to walkways. He 
enjoyed painting, fishing, and 
going on R.V. trips with his mom. 
He was full of life, and showed 
each person love..40n.bis own 
special way. 

v-i* James leaves his wife, Karen; 
his children, Amanda Adams, 
Stacy Sneeden, and James 
Brady Barricman Jr. He also 
leaves two sisters, Dorothy 
Redman, and Dorris Rieser; his 
mother, Dorris; his four grand- 
children, Jack Kneeden, Lauren 
Sneeden, James Sneeden, and 
Taylor Adams; three uncles; and 
three aunts; as well as a host of 
special friends. He was pre- 
ceded in death by his father. He 
will be greatly missed, and for- 
ever loved, by all whose lives 
he touched. 

Arrangements made by Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, April 2. 1997 



Pauline M. Evers 

Graveside services were held 
for Pauline M. Evers of Lake 
Isabella on Saturday, March 22 
1997, at 1:00 p.nn. at the Kerri 
River Valley Cemetery. Pastor 
John Carpenter officiated. 

Pauline was born December 
11,1 932, in Los Angeles, Cali- 
fornia. She worked as a licensed 
vocational nurse for 30 years. 
She was a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for the past 20 
years. She passed away on 
March 18, 1997 in Bakersfield, 
California. She was 64 years of 
age. 

She is survived by her daugh- 
ter, Rebecca Shoemake, and 
her husband, Greg; her grand- 
daughters, Jessie, and Shelbie 
Shoemake, her husband Victor 
Evers of Bodfish; and sister 
Margaret Capno of Torrance, 
California. She will be greatly 
missed, and forever loved by all 
whose lives she touched. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to the care of the Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home. 

John A. Russell 

Visitation and a wake ser- 
vice were held on Monday 
March 31, 1997, 9 a.m. to 7 
p.m. Mass for Christian burial 
was held Tuesday, April 1 , 1 997 
at 1 a.m. at St. Jude's Catholic 
Church for John A. Russell 
Officiating was Father Charles 
Casale. 

John was born August 19, 
1910 in McAlister, Oklahoma, 
and passed away March 26, 
1997, in Mt. Mesa. He and his 
wife have been residents of the 
Kern River Valley for 1 2 years. 
He belonged to the Shriners 
and the Elks and the U.S. 
Marshal's Posse, the Silver 
Mounted Patrol. Before retir- 
ing, John owned and operated 
Russell Backhoe Rental Inc. for 
45 years in the San Fernando 
Valley. 

He is survived by his wife of 
42 years, Jane, of Wofford 
Heights; and son Ronald Dale 
Russell of Puerto Vallarta, 
Mexico. 



In lieu of flowers, please send 
prayers. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. ' 

Dorothy L. 
Standage 

A memorial service was held 
in honor of Dorothy L. Standage 
of Lake Isabella on April 1 , 1 997, 
at 10:00 a.m. in the Sanctuary 
of the Shepherd of the Hills 
Lutheran Church with Pastor 
"Chuck" Semonious officiating. 
A iuncheon was served in the 
Fellowship Hall immediately 
following the service. 

Dorothy was born in Texas 
on January 3, 1 924, and passed 
away in Bakersfield, California, 

' on March 19, 1997, at 4:30 p.?^ 
She worked as a secretary for 
12 years and then another 17 
years as an airline reservation 
agent. Dorothy married Ken 
Standage in July of 1 945. Upon 
retirement, they moved to the 
Kern River Valley in 1 983. Dor- 
othy and Ken enjoyed traveling 
together with their dogs in their 
nV. 

She enjoyed the companion- 
ship of the girls in her ceramics 
classes. They both enjoyed the 
beautiful home they built to- 
gether in the Squirrel Vaiiev 
area. 

Dorothy is survived by her 
husband, Ken Standage; son, 
Richard; daughter, Diane; three 
and two great-grandchildren; 
not to mention the members of 
her large church family. 

She will be greatly missed by 
the members for her family and 
all who knew her. It is Dorothy's 
wish to be cremated and her 
ashes spread at sea. 



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Nathan Clark 
Mace Sr. 

Services were held Friday, 
March 21, 1997, at 10:00 a.m. 
at Laso Indian Cemetery in Onyx 
on the hill for Nathan Clark Mace 
Sr., age 69, of Weldon, Califor- 
nia, who passed away March 
17, 1997, in Bakersfield. Pall 
bearers included Ralph Chico, 
Floyd Manwell, Raymond 
Garcia, Forest Helm, Rusty 
Laird, Rick Bennett, Rick Alvary, 
Bert Eller, and Johnny Valdez. 

Nathan Clark Mace Sr. was a 
loving husband, daddy, grand- 
father, great-grandfather, 
brother, uncle, and a friend to 
everyone who knew him. He 
was born September 1, 1927, 
and raised in OrtfH^ (^Ufaifvib. 
Hq wa§Aresidjfit-OfWeldor\aH 
of hislife^tfe attShdiltf^Sbuth 
Fork Elementary School, and 
went on to Sherman Institute 
Indian School in Riverside for 
high school. He served in the 
United States Armed Forces 
from July 28, 1954 to Novem- 
ber 3, 1956 in Germany and 
Korea, with an honorable dis- 
charge. He was proud of his 
Native American Paiute- 
Shoshone heritage. His unique 
personality touched so many 
lives as only he could do. 
Cowboying was his way of life. 
He enjoyed spending time with 
his family, hunting, driving his 
truck, listening to country mu- 
sic, riding his horse, and telling 
stories. He has worked at the 
sawmill in Johnsondale when it 
was operating, and the many 
local ranches. His stories of his 
Indian heritage and service in 
the armed forces will live on 
through his wife, children, and 
grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by 
his son Mark Dale Mace, Sr. He 
is survived by his wife and 
sweetheart of 41 years, Pauline 
J. Mace; Ns children, Judy Lynn 
Mace, Colleen J. Alvary, Patrica 
A. Vigil, Natalie A. Bennett, of 
Bakersfield. Pauline R. Mace of 
Weldon, Nathan C. Mace Jr., 
Paul C. Mace, Lisa R. Mace, 



Yvonne M. Smith of Weldon, 
Sherry L Mace of Bodfish, An- 
drew B. Mace, Loretta J. Garcia 
of Oregon; nine granddaugh- 
ters; 10 grandsons and one 
great-granddaughter; sons-in- 
law. Forest L Helm, Rick Alvary 
Se., Rick Bennett, Shane 
Martinez of Bakersfield, 
Raymond Garcia of Oregon, 
Russell Laird of Weldon; daugh- 
ter-in-law, Lisa Lane Mace of 
Onyx; sisters, Irene Miranda of 
Las Vegas, Nevada; Angle 
Tungate; Patrica Casteel 
Mildred Somara of Tracy, Cali- 
fornia; brothers-in-law, 
Raymond J. Hunter of Bencia, 
California; Roy Casteel, Everett 
Tungate, Sr. of Tracy, Califor- 
nia; sister-in-law Molly Mace of 
-'Bakorstotd,'' Ruriko Hunter of 
Benica,. California; nieces and 
nephews; great nieces and 
nephews; and numerous cous- 
ins. 

He will be missed very much. 
In his words he was just a daddy, 
but to us he was much more 
than words could ever say. He 
was a loving, caring husband 
and sweetheart. We will love 
him forever. 

Herbert J. Donner 

Graveside services for 
Herbert J. Donner were held on 
Saturday, April 5, 1997, in the 
Kem River Valley Cemetery with 
Pastor Floyd Castillo of the High- 
land Chapel Methodist Church 
officiating. Afamily patriarch and 
retired executive with Pacific 
Telephone Company, Herb died 
April 1 , 1 997 at the age of 89. 

He loved his family, friends, 
and the Lake Isabella area 
which he selected as his home 
over 25 years ago. Herb Donner 
was born December 4, 1907, in 
Norfolk, Nebraska. He attended 
Iowa State University and 
graduated from the University 
of Southern California as a civil 
engineer. Initially, he worked 
on the Metropolitian Water Aq- 
ueduct Project bringing Colo- 
rado River water to Southern 
California. Later, he worked for 
Shell Oil Company. He joined 



Pacific Telephone Company in 
1 941 , advancing rapidly through 
management. He retired in 1 968 
as benefits secretary in Pasa- 
dena, California. 

Aftergraduating from U.S. C, 
Herb married his high school 
sweetheart, Beth Hinson. They 
had two sons, Herberts. Donner 
and Stephen H. Donner. Beth 
passed away in 1960. He then 
married Margaret Webster, an 
associate at Pacific Telephone. 
Margaret passed away in 1 991 . 

Following their retirements. 
Herb and Margaret pursued 
their avid interest in fishing and 
the outdoors, which brought 
them to the Kern River Valley. 
Herb quickly became involved 
in the community. He was a 
member of the Highland Chapel 
United Methodist Church, the 
Kem River ^Valley Historical 
Society and was a charter mem- 
ber and past president of the 
Kern Valley Exchange Club. He 
was a benefactor of various or- 
ganizations and was especially 
interest in providing scholar- 
ships for Kern Valley High 
School graduates. 

To his family. Herb was a 
patriarch and a highly respected 
role model. He was loving, car- 
ing and generous and attracted 
a wide circle of friends. Survi- 
vors include his sons, Herbert 
S. Donner of Escondido, Cali- 
fornia, and Stephen H. Donner 
of Laguna Beach, California; 
his brother. Dr. Stanley Donner 
of Upper Lake; and by five 
grandchildren and three great- 
grandchildren. Herb had many 
friends in the Kern River Valley 
and will be greatly missed. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. Lake Isabella. 



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Nigel Wearing 

Graveside services are pend- 
ing for Nigel Wearing, age 81 . 

of Lake Isabella. A 24-year Kern 
River Valley resident, Mr. Wear- 
ing was born May 28, 1915 in 
England and passed away on 

Apnl 3, 1997, in a local hospital 
after a lengthy illness 
_ Nigel was a U.S. Army vet- 
eran of WorW WaiP,irari<f afler- 
the war, spent 30 years as an 
ernployee of Lockheed Aircraft 
retiring as a supervisor. He was 
a member of the V.F.W. Post 
2I^f ^. ^"^ ^^® Moose Lodqe 
#498 in Uke Isabella. Nigel 
enjoyed gardening and took 
great pride in his rose garden 
He IS survived by his wife 
Verna Wearing, of Uke Isa- 
bella, a son, Dennis Wearing of 
Oakhurst, California; a daugh- 
ter, Barbara Mosher of Denver 
Colorado; his sister, Betty 
Bouge, of Lompoc, California; 
five grandchifdren and eiqht 
great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Uke Isabella. 



Harold Louis 
Elliott 

A service was held April 4, 
1997, for Harold Louis Elliott, 
born in 1 91 4. Harold is survived 
by his loving wife of 60 years, 
Marie; his daughter, Louise; and 
his three sons, Patrick, Larry 
and Mike. He will be dearly 
missed by his nine grandchil- 
dren and 12 great-grandchil- 
dren. 

Harold retired to the Kern 
River Valley after 22 years of 
service at McDonnell-Douglas 
Aircraft. One highlight of his long 
career was his work on the 
Apollo Space Program. As a 
member of the Masonic Lodge 
#369 and the Elks, Harold en- 
joyed his 21 years of retirement ■ 
surrounded by family and 
friends. 




Eleanor "Elly" 
Bruches 

Memorial services for 
Eleanor "Elly" Bruches, age 79 
of Wofford Heights, were held 
on Friday, April 4, 1 997, at 1 1 :00 
a.m. at the Elks Lodge in Wof- 
- ford Heights. A 21 -year Kern 
River Valley resident, Elly was 
born December 29, 1917, in 
Los Angeles, California, and 
passed away on March 28, 
1 997, in a Los Angeles hospital 
after an extended illness. 

A retired real estate agent 
with Wofford Heights Realty 
she was a member of the U- 
dies of the Elks and the Wofford 
Heights Improvement Group. 
She enjoyed traveling in her 
motorhome, camping and fish- 
ing. Elly enjoyed people and 
"never knew a stranger." 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Peter Bruches of Wof- 
ford Heights; her stepdaughter 
Judy Sail of South Pasadena, 
California; and her brother' 
Graydon Jones of Santa Clarita," 
California. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Uke Isabella. 



Mary Ellen 
Connelly 

Graveside services for Mary 
Ellen Connelly, age 68, of Bod- 
fish, were held on Saturday 
Aprils, 1997, at 2:00 p.m. in the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery 
with Pastor Ed Rain of the First 
Baptist Church of Lake Isabella 
officiating. Mary was born No- 
vember 3, 1928 in Drumright, 
Oklahoma, and had lived in the 
Kern River Valley for 12 years, 
moving here from Downey' 
California. 

She was a homemaker and 
had worked as a supervisor at 
Modern Faucets in Los Ange- 
les. Mary was a member of the 
Women of the Moose #1 297 in 
Lake Isabella. She loved mu- 
sic, gardening, oil painting and 
collecting plates and ceramics. 
Mary is survived by her hus- 
band of 35 years. Jack Connelly 
of Bodfish; her son and daugh- 
ter-in-law, Randy and Deana 
Ferguson of Phoenix, Arizona- 
daughters and sons-in-law' 
Brenda and Jim Chappell of 
Riverside and Betty and Jim 
Stevenson of Dallas, Texas; 
stepson and daughter-in-law' 
Mike and Robin Connelly of 
Pahrump, Nevada; stepson and 
daughter-in-law, John and 
Monicaillonnelly of Oceanside 
California; two brothers, Hershei 
Hicks of Ridgecrest and Harold 
Hicks of Hobbs, New Mexico; a 
sister, Mavis Henderson of 
Clyde, Texas; nine grandchil- 
dren, 12 great-grandchildren 
and numerous nieces and neph- 
ews. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 



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Marian L. Hunnex 

Memorial services for IVIarian 
L Hunnex, of Fullerton, Califor- 
nia, were held Wednesday, April 
1 6, 1 997, at 2:30 p.m., at Neels 
Brea Mortuary in Brea, Califor- 
nia. Officiating was the Crystal 
Cathedral's Pastor Jim Kok. In- 
terment followed at Loma Vista 
Memorial Park in Fullerton. 

Marian was born September 
8, 1912, in North Tonawanda, 
New York, and passed away on 
April 10. 1997, at the Friendly 
Hills Regional Medical Center 
in LaHabra, California. She was 
84 years old. 

Before her retirement, Marian 
was employed as a home eco- 
nomics teacher with the Fuller- 
ton Union High School District 
in Fullerton, California, as well 
as the school district in 
Gowanda, New York. 

She is sunyived by her nieces 
Mary Yeager of Lakewood, 
California; Betty Sturdivant of 
Long Beach, California; Marion 
Warren of White Salmon, Wash- 
ington; and her nephews 
Charles Diffine of Lake Isabella, 
California; Everett Diffine of 
Phoenix, Arizona; and Don 
Diffine of Fearcy, Arizona. 

Neels Brea Mortuary assisted 
the family with the arrange- 
ments. 



Thomas 
Salvador Ray 

Thomas Ray, age 41 , most 
beloved son of Dorothy Ray, 
passed away on April 9, 1 997, 
after a long illness. We celebrate 
his life and his passing into eter- 
nal life and happiness. He is 
survived by his brothers, 
Stephen of Lake Isabella; Jim 
of San Dimas; Tim of Colorado; 
and his sister Cecilia of 
Altadena. 

Arrangements were en- 
trusted to Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Evelyn M. 
Copeland 

Evelyn Marie Copeland, age 
76, a one-year resident of 
Carlsbad and a former 1 5-year 
resident of Wofford Heights, 
died Wednesday, April 9, 1 997, 
at her residence. Born in Ports- 
mouth, Iowa, she was a home- 
maker and a member of the 
Elks Club, Secular Francsican 
Order of the St. Joseph's Fra- 
ternity, and the Altar and Ro- 
sary Society of St. Jude Catho- 
lic Church in Wofford Heights. 
Preceded in death by her 
husband, Fred, in December 
1 996, her survivors include sons 
Alan Copeland and his wife Judy 
of Huntington Beach; Joseph 
Copeland of Carlsbad; James 
Copeland of Redondo Beach; 
Philip Copeland and his wife 
Sara of Vista; Sean Copeland, 
also of Carlsbad; Donald 
Copeland and his wife Amy of 
Woodland Hills; daughters Anita 
Mauch and her husband Kevin 
of Moore Park; Kathleen Guy 
and her husband Tom of 
Leucadia; seven grandchildren; 
sisters Kathleen Cramer of 
Omaha, Nebraska; Mary Ann 
Castognia of Fullerton; broth- 
ers Jerry Skalla of Yucca Val- 
ley; Jene, Bill and Phil Skalla, 
all of Fullerton. 

A rosary and funeral mass 
was celebrated at 12:30 p.m. 
on Monday, April 14, 1997, at 
St. John's Catholic Church, 
1 001 Encinitas Blvd., Encinitas. 
Cremation with private 
inurnment at Ft. Rosecrans 
National Cemetery, San Diego. 

The family suggests contri- 
butions to her memory be sent 
to the American Heart Associa- 
tion, P.O. Box 3625, San Di- 
ego, California 92163. 

Encinitas Mortuary was en- 
trusted with arrangements. 



Carol Ann Kilman 

A funeral service was held 
Friday, April 11,1 997, at 1 1 :00 
a.m. at the Lake Isabella King- 
dom Hall of Jehovah's Wit- 
nesses, 1911 Edith St., for Carol 
Ann Kilman of Bodfish. Inter- 
ment followed at the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights. 

Carol was born February 24, 
1 939 in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, 
and died April 5, 1997, at the 
Kern Valley Hospital Nursing 
Center. She was 58 years old 
and a 24-year resident of the 
Kern River Valley. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of over 40 years, Al Kilman. 
of Bodfish; son and daughter- 
in-law, Tim and Mitzy Kilman, of 
Bodfish; daughter and son-in- 
law, Kathy and Dan Plum, of 
Lake Isabella; grandson Corey 
Plum of Lake Isabella; mother 
and father Sonny and Lucille 
Musial of Arkansas; brother and 
sister-in-law, Ronny and 
Rosalie Musial, of Arkansas; 
sister and brother-in-law, Nancy 
and Kit Carter, of Paso Robles, 
California; brother-in-law and 
sister-in-law, Paul and Virginia 
Kilman, of Midway City, Califor- 
nia; brother-in-law and sister- 
in-law. Max and Betty Kilman, 
of El Torro, California; brother- 
in-law and sister-in-law, Pat and 
Sharon Kilman, of Shingle 
Springs, California; brother-in- 
law and sister-in-law, Dan and 
Sandy Kilman, also of Shingle 
Springs, California; sister-in-law 
and brother-in-law, Virginia and 
Jerry Shaver, of Midway City, 
California; sister-in-law and 
brother-in-law, Joan and Bob 
Moran, of Bakersfield, Califor- 
nia; and 66 nieces and neph- 
ews. 

Arrangements by Ridgecrest 
Mortuary. 



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David Alan 
Caffrey 

Graveside services were held 
Monday, April 1 4, 1 997, at 2:00 
p.m. at the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights 
for David Alan Caffrey. Officiat- 
ing was Pastor Tom Allred of 
the Twin Oaks Community 
Church. 

David was born in Los Ange- 
les, California, on August 8, 
1 956, and passed away at his 
home in Caliente, California, on 
April/, 1997. 

He was raised in Hacienda 
Heights and La Habra and after 
high school moved to the Lone 
Pine area for a time. He has 
been a resident of the Kern 
County in Caliente for the past 
eight years with his fiancee 
Peggy Willis. 

David was an entrepreneur 
in the flea markets and swap 
meets in Southern California 
for about 25 years. He enjoyed 
fishing in Lake Isabella and the 
many friends he made while 
fishing. 

He is survived by his fiancee 
Peggy Willis and son Byron of 
Caliente; his father and mother, 
Donald and Shirley Caffrey of 
Corona; his brothers. Dale and 
Don, of Corona, and Danny of 
Moreno Valley, and his seven 
nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Helene Emilie 
Short 

A memorial service was held 
Saturday, March 22, 1997, at 
7:00 p.m. at the Lake Isabella 
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Wit- 
nesses, 1911 Edith St., for 
Helene Emilie Short of Lake 
Isabella. 

Helene was born May 6, 1 924 
in Los Angeles, California, and 
died at her residence in Lake 
Isabella on March 18, 1997. 
She was 72 years old. She had 
been a resident of Kern County 
for seven years. 

She is survived by her sons 
Ray D. Moore of Cookville, Ten- 
nessee; Everett Moore of Mis- 
sissippi; sister Juanita Fleury of 
Westminister, California; 
brother Everett Reed of 
Westminister, California; eight 
grandchildren and 16 great- 
grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Ridgecrest 
Mortuary. 



Jackie Marie Vann 

A memorial service was held 
Thursday, April 10, 1997, at 
1 1 :00 a.m. at the Elks Lodge for 
Jackie Marie Vann. Jackie was 
born June 1 2, 1 936 in Bokoshe, 
Oklahoma, and passed away 
at her home in Wofford Heights 
on April 7, 1997 after a long 
illness. She has been a resi- 
dent of the Kern River Valley for 
the past 20 years. She was a 
bartender for the Elks Lodge for 
1 7 of those years. 

She is survived by her 
mother, Gladys Moore, of Wof- 
ford Heights; her father, Grady 
Vann, of Oklahoma; son, Glen 
Brazell, of Sacramento, Cali- 
fornia; grandson,.Glen DeCicco, 
of Anaheim, California; brother, 
Donald Vann, of Bakersfield; 
niece, Pat Simpaon. of Wofford 
Heights; and all her many 
friends. She will be missed by 
all. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Hugh Memovich 

Private interment arrange- 
ments were made for Hugh 
Memovich, age 73, of Mt. Mesa. 
Hugh was born October 16, 
1 923, in Buckingham, Colorado, 
and passed away in a Bakers- 
field hospital on April 5, 1 997, 
after a sudden illness. 

After 35 years of sen/ice with 
the Bemis Co., Inc., Hugh and 
his wife, Mary, built a home and 
moved to Squirrel Valley where 
they lived for the past 1 1 years. 
They enjoyed traveling and in 
the past three years had toured 
the United States. Hugh also 
enjoyed fishing in Montana and 
enjoyed his retirement to the 
fullest. 

Hugh attended high school 
in Stevenson, Washington and 
went on to graduate from Mon- 
tana State University in 
Bozeman, Montana, with a de- 
gree in industrial engineering. 
He also served his country dur- 
ing World War llasasignalman 
in the U.S. Navy, receiving his 
honorable discharge in 1945. 

Survivors include his wife of 
49 years, Mary Memovich of 
Mt. Mesa; his son and daugh- 
ter-in-law, Steve and Tricia 
Memovich of Chino; his daugh- 
ter and son-in-law, Sandy and 
Rick Kaspar of Ridgecrest; two 
grandchildren, Carissa and Jus- 
tin Memovich; two sisters, Iris 
Swaggerty of Grants Pass, Or- 
egon, and Peg Schultz of 
Stevenson, Washington; three 
brothers. Bob Memovich of 
Tigard, Oregon; Steve 
Memovich of Vancouver, Wash- 
ington; and Willis Memovich of 
Federal Way, Washington. 

Hugh was a wonderful man 
who was dearly loved and will 
be greatly missed. Memorial 
donations may be made to the 
Kern Valley Hospital Founda- 
tion, 12424 Mt. Mesa Rd., Lake 
Isabella, CA 93240. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 



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Steven Rico 
Yanez 

Steven Rico Yanez was born 
on June 8, 1 984, in Ridgecrest, 
California to Wanda and 
Maurice Yanez, Jr. He grew up 
in the Kern River Valley and 
attended school at Kernville 
Elementary and Woodrow 
Wallace until February of 1 993, 
his fifth grade year. He passed 
away on Friday, April 4, 1997, 
at the age of 12, after a five- 
year battle with neuroblastonna, 
a rare childhood cancer. 

"Rico" was taken from us 
quite suddenly. He was sched- 
uled to be baptized only two 
days after he passed away. But 
we know he is with Jesus now 
and no longer in pain. 

He will be sorely missed by 
his family and the huge family 
of friends he made during his 
short life. He is preceded in 
death by his grandfather 
Maurice Yanez, Sr. of Bakers- 
field and great-grandfather Inwin 
Burkhart of Kernville. He is sur- 
vived by his mother Wanda and 
brother Aaron Avis of Kernville; 
sister Jolene Gaudsmith of 
Houston, Texas; father Maurice 
Yanez, Jr. of Fresno, Califor- 
nia; grandparents Archie and 
Carol Logsdon of Kernville; 
namesake, Steven Havens of 
Independence; and Henrietta 
Yanez of Bakersfield; great- 
grandmothers, Alice Burkhart 
of Kernville, and Mary Martin of 
Independence; great-uncle Bob" 
Burkhart of Kernville; aunt 
Lynnette and uncle Carl 
Woolwine of Kansas City; sec- 
ond cousins Leigh and Ann 
Burkhart of Mountain Mesa; plus 
many other cousins, aunts and 
uncles throughout the country. 

Memorial services were held ' 
Wednesday, April 9, 1997, at 
Kernville United Methodist 
Church in Kernville at 1 2:00 p.m. 
with a meal following. He 
touched many hearts. He will 
be missed. 



In lieu of flowers, donations 
can be made to Valley 
Children's Hospital, 31 51 North 
Millbrook, Fresno, California 
93703, in memory of Steven 
Rico Yanez. 

Rico will be remembered as 
a brave kid with a wonderful 
sense of humor. The doctors 
and nurses at the hospital all 
loved him and remember his 
quick wit. They have said they 
will never forget him. Because 
of their love, the staff at Valley 
Children's Hospital is planning 
a special memorial. 

Angel Rico 
You vyere my brother. 
You were always there. 
You went through the pain 
That you could not bear. 
Now that you're gone, 1 just 
can't explain, 
It hurts so bad. 
The unbearable pain. 

Now you're in a better place. 
With the Lord Jesus Christ, 
You've touched so many, you've 
sacrificed. 

A piece of me is not there any- 
more, 
I'll miss you so much. 

I wish you were here in my 
world. 

You were my best friend, 
I take back everything I said, 
I didn't want it to end. 
1 want you to know that I'll cher- 
ish your love, 

I hope you're taken care of. 
In heaven up above. 

By Your Loving Sister, 

Jolene Amber-Lynn 

Gaudsmith 



Wednesday, Aprjl 23, 1997 



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Helen Patricia 
Arneson 

Helen Patricia Arneson, age 
80, an 1 8-year resident of Kern- 
ville, died April 1 1 , 1997 at Mercy 
Hospital in Bakersfield after a 
short illness. She was born on 
January 11, 1917. in Racine, 
Wisconsin. 

She was a homemaker and a 
member of the Altar and Ro- 
sary Society of St. Jude's Catho- 
lic Church in Wofford Heights. 
She had many interests includ- 
ing fishing, photography and 
painting. She was a member of 
the Traditional Artists Guild of 
Paramount, California. 

Helen is survived by her hus- 
band of 52 years, Bill Arneson; 
and three sons, Dennis and wife 
Martha of CdeurD'Alene, Idaho- 
Gary and wife Mary of Hunting- 



ton Beach, California; and Mike 
of Fountain Valley, California- 
seven grandchildren and one 
great-grandchild. She is also 
survived by two sisters, Wanda 
Smelser of Redondo Beach 
" California; and Stella Kelly of 
Long Beach, California; and one 
brother, John Niemiec of 
Racine, Wisconsin. 

A memorial mass was held 
on Monday, April 14, 1997 at 
St. Jude's Catholic Church in 
Wofford Heights. Father 
Charles Casale officiated the 
mass. Inurnment was private 
The family requests donations 
in her memory be made to the 
American Heart Association 
Kern County Chapter, P.O. Box 
2111, Bakersfield, California 
93303. 

Services were arranged by 
the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Virginia Lee "Pat" 
Anderson 

A memorial sen/ice was held 
Wednesday, April 16, 1997, at 
11:00 a.m. at Kernville United 
Methodist Church for Virginia 
"Pat" Anderson. Officiating was 
Pastor John Carpenter. 

Pat was born August 31 
1929 in East St. Louis, Illinois,' 
and passed away at her home 
in Kernville on April 12, 1997. 
She was raised in Pinkriey, Illi- 
nois, until moving to California 
about 40 years ago. She has 
been a resident of Kernville for 
the last four years. 

She is a past member of 
Kernville Women's Club, and 
she enjoyed traveling. 

Pat is survived by her hus- 
band Melvin Anderson of Kern- 
ville; a sister Sandra Palmaroy; 
and brother Gene Offerman,' 
both of St. Louis, Missouri. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Wednesday, Aprjl 30, 1997 



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Mabel Anna Lease 

Graveside services for Mabel 
Anna Lease, age 96, of Wofford 
Heights, were held on Friday, 
April 25, 1 997 in Forest Lawn 
Memorial Park in Glendale, 
California. 

Mrs. Lease was a seven-year 
Kern River Valley resident, 
moving here from Long Beach. 
She was born February 5, 1 901 
in Saranac Lake, New York, 
and passed away in a local hos- 
pital on April 21 , 1997, after a 
lengthy illness. 

She was a homemaker and 
had also managed a furniture 
store in Saranac Lake, New 
York. Before her illness, she 
enjoyed knitting and needle- 
point. 

Mabel was predeceased by 
her son, Louis H. Lease, in 1 995. 
Survivors include her daugh- 
ter-in-law, Marilyn Leach of 
Wofford Heights; her grandchil- 
dren. Dean of Lakewood; Barry 
of North Lake Tahoe; Scott, 
Dana and Laurie, all of Wofford 
Heights; as well as nine great- 
grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary, Lake Isabella. 



Oleta Robinson 
Barnes 

Oleta Robinson Barnes, age 
86, died at Lander Valley Medi- 
cal Center in Lander, Wyoming, 
on April 1 6, 1 997. She was born 
inScio, New York, the daughter 
of George and Edith (Robinson) 
Taylor, she was a school 
teacher for many years in the 
Solo, New York, area. She was 
married to Simeon C. Barnes 
on August 1 7, 1 929 at Wellsville, 
New York. 

The couple moved to the 
Long Beach, California, area in 
1933, and later to Kernville, 
where they lived and worked 
most of their lives. 

Mr. Barnes died in 1 987. Mrs. 
Barnes moved to Lander to be 
near family in June 1 996. She 
was a resident of Morning Star 
Manor. 

She is survived by her daugh- 
ter-in-law, Barbara Barnes, of 
Lander; one brother, George 
Tayfor, of Phoenix, Arizona; and 
four grandchildren. She was 
preceded in death by her hus- 
band, one son and one grand- 
daughter. 

Family services were held at 
the Kern River Valley Cemetery 
in Wofford Heights on Fridav. 
April 25, 1997, at 2 p.m. with 
Rev. John Carpenter officiat- 
ing. 

Local arrangements were 
under the direction of Hudson's 
Funeral Home. 



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Venete 'Mae' 
Calderwood 

Graveside services were held 
Friday, May 2, 1997, at 2:00 
p.m. at Kern River Valley Cem- 
etery for Mae Calderwood. Of- 
ficiating was Pastor Dave Snow 
of the First Baptist Church of 
Lake Isabella. 

Mae was born in Albany, 
Texas, on July 9, 1915, and 
passed away in Mt. Mesa, on 
April 29, 1997. She has been a 
resident of the Kern River Val- 
ley for 27 years, living in Bod- 
fish. She loved to read and do 
crafts and sew. She loved her 
family. 

She is survived by her brother 
and sister in-law, Bob and Betty 
Yoho of Bodfish; granddaugh- 
ters, Kathleen of Laughlin, Ne- 
vada, and Brenda Talbott of Mt. 
Mesa; and grandson Bert Rob- 
ert Duncan II of Utah, and many 
nieces and nephews and great- 
grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death 
by her husband Albert in 1982 
and her daughter Patricia Ann 
Duncan in 1972. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 

Virginia Lee "Pat" 
Anderson 

A memorial service was held 
Wednesday, April 16, 1997, at 
11:00 a.m. at Kernville United 
Methodist Church for Virginia 
(Pat) Anderson. Officiating was 
Pastor John Carpenter. Pat was 
born August 31, 1929, in East 



St. Louis, Illinois, and passed 
away at her home in Kernville, 
on April 12, 1997. She was 
raised in Pinkneyville, Illinois, 
until moving to California about 
40 years ago. She has been a 
resident of Kernville for the last 
4 years. 

She is a past member of the 
Kernville Womens Club, and 
she enjoyed traveling. She is 
survived by her husband, Melvin 
Anderson of Kernville; a sister 
Sandra Pomeroy, and brother 
Gene Offerman, both of St. 
Louis, Missouri. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 

McKenzie 
Katherine 
Bushling 

Fifteen-month-old McKenzie 
Katherine Bushling, of Lake Isa- 
bella, died Sunday, April 27, 
1997, at the Bannock Memorial 
Hospital in Pocatello, Idaho, 
from heart failure. She was born 
January 28, 1996, in Bannock 
Memorial Hospital in Pocatello, 
Idaho, the daughter of Kenneth 
and Marcie Bushling. 

McKenzie was a very special 
child, born with Downs Syn- 
drome and with congenital heart 
disease. McKenzie overcame 
three open heart surgeries, 
stomach surgery and many 
other health problems. She was 
a fighter clear to the end. 
McKenzie was a very loving, 
happy person who enjoyed 
people. 



She is survived by her par- 
ents of Lake Isabella; grand- 
parents Ken and Linda Bushling 
of Lake Isabella; Lynda Slown 
of Las Vegas, Nevada, and 
Bryce and Kathy Ellis of 
Blackfoot, Idaho; uncles, aunts 
and cousins of Bakersfield, Las 
Vegas, Nevada, Truckee, Cali- 
fornia, Blackfoot, Idaho, 
Pocatello, Idaho and along with 
countless others whose lives 
she has touched. 

McKenzie and her parents 
would like to thank the commu- 
nity for all their love and sup- 
port. It was amazing to see the 
community come together and 
help us in our time of need. 

The viewing in Blackfoot, 
Idaho, was held at the Hill- 
Hawker-Sandberg Funeral 
Home at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tues- 
day, April 29, 1997. Funeral 
services were held Saturday, 
May 3, 1997, at 10:00 a.m. in 
Mt. Mesa at the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter-Day Saints, on 
the corner of Park and McCray 
Road. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 

Donna 'Keillor' 
Olsen 

Donna "Keillor" Olsen was 
born on August 3, 1936, and 
passed away at the age of 60 
on April 24, 1997 in Pismo 
Beach, California. Donna was 
raised in the Kern River Valley, 
attended school here, and her 
children were born here. She 
left the valley approximately in 
1971. 

She is survived by her son 
Brian Wagner; daughter Becky 
Cunning; and grandchildren 
Joshua Cunning and 
Cassandra Cunning. 

Memorial services were held 
Saturday, April 26, 1 997, in Shell 
Beach, California. 



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Ada Marie Elliott 

On May 2, 1997, services 
were held for Ada Marie Elliott 
at the Masonic Temple #369. 
Born March 25, 1 921 , in Wichita, 
Kansas, Marie passed away 
April 30, 1 997, at the age of 76. 
She leaves behind three sons: 
Pat, Larry, and Mike; and one 
daughter, Louise. She will be 
dearly missed by her nine grand- 
children and 13 great-grand- 
children. 

A resident of the Kern River 
Valley for21 years, Marie Elliott 
played an active role in the com- 
munity. She participated in the 
Rainbow Order for girls for over 
1 years and was awarded the 
organization's top national 
honor, The Cross of Colors, for 
service above and beyond. In 
addition, the Kernville Union 
School District utilized Marie's 
skills as cafeteria supervisor for 
the entire district. Her 14 years 
of service for the local schools 
was a proud reminder of her 
desire to contribute to the com- 
munity. 

Hazel Bertha 
Atchison 

Hazel Bertha Atchison was 
born on May 1 6, 1 91 3, in Kent, 
Ohio, and passed away on May 
3, 1 997, at the Kern Valley Hos- 
pital Care Facility. 

She is survived by her three 



sons in order of age, A.J. 
Atchison, of Chiloquin, Oregon; 
Rod Atchison of Bakersfield; 
and J.R. Atchison of San Jose, 
California. She also left behind 
three grandsons, three grand- 
daughters, 12 great-grandchil- 
dren; and one great-great- 
grandson. 

Beloved mother and grand- 
mother, Hazel resided in Kern- 
ville for the last 1 5 years of her 
life. She loved the area and 
enjoyed many visits from her 
family. She was a quiet person 
who had a positive impact on 
the lives of many people. She 
will be greatly missed. 

Hazel's memorial service will 
be held in late June in Kernville. 
The family asks that you make 
a donation to the Kern Valley 
Hospital Foundation rather than 
to send flowers if you are so 
inclined. 




McKenzie 
Katherine 
Bushling 

Fifteen-month-old McKenzie 
Katherine Bushling, of Lake Isa- 
bella, died Sunday, April 27, 
1997, at the Bannock Memorial 
Hospital in Pocatello, Idaho, 
from heart failure. She was born 
January 28, 1996, in Bannock 
Memorial Hospital in Pocatello, 
Idaho, the daughter of Kenneth 
and Marcie Bushling. 



McKenzie was a very special 
child, born with Downs Syn- 
drome and with congenital heart 
disease. McKenzie overcame 
three open heart surgeries, 
stomach surgery and many 
other health problems. She was 
a fighter clear to the end. 
McKenzie was a very loving, 
happy person who enjoyed 
people. 

She is survived by her par- 
ents of Lake Isabella; grand- 
parents Ken and Linda Bushling 
of Lake Isabella; Lynda Slown 
of Las Vegas, Nevada, and 
Bryce and Kathy Ellis of 
Blackfoot, Idaho; uncles, aunts 
and cousins of Bakersfield, Las 
Vegas, Nevada, Truckee, Cali- 
fornia, Blackfoot, Idaho, 
Pocatello, Idaho and along with 
countless others whose lives 
she has touched. 

McKenzie and her parents 
would like to thank the commu- 
nity for all their love and sup- 
port. It was amazing to see the 
community come together and 

"Tielp us in our time of need. 

The viewing in Blackfoot, 
Idaho, was held at the Hill- 
Hawker-Sandberg Funeral 
Home at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tues- 
day, April 29, 1997. Funeral 
services were held Saturday, 
May 3, 1997, at 10:00 a.m. in 
Mt. Mesa at the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter-Day Saints, on 
the corner of Park and McCray 
Road. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Wednesday, May 14, 1997 



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Nida May Gaze 

Former Kern Valley resident 
Nida Gaze passed away April 
29, 1 997, at Mesa General Hos- 
pital in Mesa, Arizona. Memo- 
rial services were held on Fri- 
day, May 2, 1 997, at Broadway 
Christian Church in Mesa. 

Born February 10, 1923, in 
San Fernando, California, Nida 
was one of six children born to 
Ralph and Mary Wolfe. A Kern 
Valley resident from 1979 to 
1 988, she was an active mem- 
ber of the Women's Aglow Fel- 
lowship of Lake Isabella and 
the Kern Valley Women of the 
Moose. Nida was also a mem- 
ber of First Baptist Church, Lake 
Isabella. She moved to Mesa 
following the death of her hus- 
band, Doug, in 1987. 

She is survived by two daugh- 
ters and two sons: Joyce Clark 
of Kerman, California; Pat 
Bavier of BIythe, California; 
Larry Nielsen of Mesa, Arizona; 
and Ken Gaze of Bakersfield; 
two sisters and one brother, 
Thelma Taylor of Mesa, Ari- 
zona; Cleone Taylor of San 
Antonio, Texas; and Ellsworth 
Wolfe of Baja California; nine 
grandchildren and 23 great- 
grandchildren. 



James Dudley 
Woodroof 

Graveside services were held 
Thursday, May 8, 1 997, at 1 0:00 
a.m. at Kern River Valley Cem- 
etery for James Dudley 
Woodroof. Officiating was Pas- 
tor Floyd Castillo of the High- 
land Chapel United Methodist 
Church. Mr. Woodroof was born 
May 1 9, 1 91 7, in Irvine, Califor- 
nia, and passed away May 3, 
1997, in Mt. Mesa. 

He was in the Army from 
1941 to 1945. During that time 
he was a heavyweight boxer. 
He also was a deep sea diver 
and had his flying license. He 
loved motorcycles, fishing, 
camping and traveling, and he 
loved his family very much. He 
has been a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for over 20 yeras, 
and a member of the VFW and 
Eagles. 

He is survived by his wife, 
Billie, of .Lake Isabella; his 
daughter, Peggy Woodroof, of 
Signal Hill, California; stepson 
and daughter-in-law, John and 
Lori Coates, of Lakewood; 
granddaughter, Kristn Eastman; 
and grandson and granddaugh- 
ter, John and Stephine Coates; 
and sister-in-law. Sue Devries, 
of Lake Isabella; brother and 
sister-in-law, Fred and Fran 
Woodroof, of Arizona; and many 
nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



William Rosenthal 

A memorial service was held 
Wednesday, May 7, 1997 at 
10:00 a.m. at Mt. View South- 
ern Baptist Church in Lake Isa- 
bella for Bill "Puffer" Rosenthal 
Officiating was Pastor Deryl 
Lackey and Pastor Floyd 
Castillo. 

Bill was born July 3, 1944 jn 
Manhattan, New York, and 
passed away May 2, 1997 af- 
ter a lengthy illness. He was a 
resident of the Kern River Val- 
ley for 1 years and was a bar- 
tender in many of the different 
clubs in the valley. Bill was a 
director and producer with CBS 
for 20 years and the stage man- 
ager on 20/20 for a time. He 
was a member of the 
Cameraman's Guild. 

He had many friends in the 
AA community and several of 
the churches he attended here 
in the valley. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



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Mary Memovich 

Private interment arrange- 
ments were made for Mary 
Memovich, age 72, of Mt. 
Mesa. Mary was born on May 
21, 1924, in Bozeman, Mon- 
tana, and passed away on 
April 13, 1997. 

Mary was a graduate of 
Gallatin County High School 
in Bozeman. After graduating, 
she moved to San Francisco 
and worked for the Connecti- 
cut Insurance Company. While 
in San Francisco, she assisted 
the Red Cross during World 
-War il. She- l at e r retur ned to 
Montana and worked at the 
registrar's office of Montana 
State University. During that 
time, she met her future hus- 
band, Hugh Memovich. She 
was a homemaker and mother 
for 49 years. 

She was preceded in death 
by her husband, Hugh, and 
her brother, James 
Schwietering of Three Forks, 
Montana. Survivors include 
her son and daughter-in-law, 
Steve and Tricia Memovich of 
Chino; her daughter and son- 
in-law, Sandy and Rick Kaspar 
of Ridgecrest; two grandchil- 
dren, Carissa and Justin 



Memovich; and one sister, 
Bernice Miller, of Vaughn, 
Montana. 

Mary was dearly loved and 
will be greatly missed. Memo- 
rial donations may be made to 
the Kern Valley Hospital Foun- 
dation, 1 2424 Mt. Mesa Road, 
Lake Isabella, CA 93240. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 

Clayton H. 
Westrich 

Private arrangements were 
made for Clayton H. Westrich 
of Lake Isabella. He was born 
July 19, 1920, in Lampoc, 
Michigan, and passed away 
May 8, 1997, in Bakersfield, 
California, after a long illness. 

Clayton moved to the Kern 
River Valley eight years ago 
after retiring from Lockheed 
Aircraft where he worked for 
27 years. He enjoyed hunting, 
fishing and traveling. 

He is survived by his ex- 
wife, Bertie Edwards, of Lake 
Isabella; his sister, Irene 
McGarvey, of Michigan; and 
two nieces and two nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday. May ?s 1997 



Verda Verona 
Jenkins 

Verda Verona Jenkins 
passed away Monday, May 
19,1 997, at her home in Onyx. 
No services were held as a 
Living Memorial was held on 
February 18, 1990 at the 
Eagles Lodge as Verda al- 
ways said she wanted to at- 
tend her own memorial, which 
she did. 

She was born July 24, 1 923 
in Long Beach, California, and 
was a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for the past 28 
years. She was a long time 
member of the Eagles Lodge 
and Eagles on Wheels. Verda 
loved camping and traveling. 
Each year since 1951, she 
and her daughters would camp 
at the river, until they moved 
to the Kern River Valley. She 
was known by all the kids, 
local and campers as Mrs. J. 
She always had a joke and 
loved life. 

Mrs. J. is survived by her 
daughters, Toni Snyder and 
Tamara Palmer, both of Onyx; 
five grandchildren; five great- 
grandchildren; and her dear 
loving friend, Robert 
Peckinpaugh. She will be 
greatly missed by all who knew 
and loved her. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Dorothy "Dottie" 
Mae Conway- 
Feldmann 

Memorial services will be 
held on Saturday, May 31, 
1997, at 3 p.m. at Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Hom^. Follow- 
ing the services, pei' Dottie's 
wisnes, a party celebrating her 
life will be held at the Kern 
River Senior Center. In lieu of 
flowers, Dottie requested that 
donations be sent to Cedars- 
Sinai Comprehensive Cancer 
Center (Cedars-Sinai Comp. 
Ca. Ctr.) in memory of Dor- 
othy Feldmann: 8700 Beverly 
Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. 

After a five-year battle with 
breast/bone cancer, Dottie 
passed away at 7:52 p.m. on 
Sunday, April 27, 1997, at 
Cedars-Sinai Hospital. She 
was 67 years old. 

She leaves behind her hus- 
band of over 47 years, Herb. 
They would have shared their 
48th wedding anniversary on 
April 30th. She also leaves 
three sons Lynn, Craig, and 
Kurt; and one daughter, Linda. 
She will be dearly missed by 
her five grandchildren. 

A resident of Weldon forthe 
past 13 years, Dottie worked 
for Dr. Goldfarb's office and 
received her Certified Nursing 
Asst. License in 1993 and 
worked at Kern Valley Hospi- 
tal in the Education Depart- 



ment. 

She shared with everyone 
her love of growing flowers 
and working outdoors in her 
garden. She was known for 
her love of animals and man- 
kind. Dottie was always avail- 
able to lend a helping hand or 
Give lovina advice. A conver- 
sation could always be guar- 
anteed to end with a big bear 
hug and her saying, " I'll keep 
you in my prayers." 

Dottie was born on March 
21 , 1930, in Jerome, Arizona, 
the eldest of three children. 
Her family moved to Califor- 
nia when she was 1 2 and lived 
in Bellflower where she gradu- 
ated from Excelsior High 

"SchooT In 1 948. She fell in 
love and married .Herb 
Feldmann in 1949, together 
they raised their family in the 
Nonwalk/Whittier area. 

Herb took an early retire- 
ment in 1 984 and together they 
moved up to Weldon where a 
beautiful garden was grown 
every year and her vegetabi es 
and flowers took first place 
ribbons several years in a row 
at the county fair. She has 
touched many hearts and will 
be missed dearly. 




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Wednesday, June 4, 1997 



Marion "Buck" 
Bidwell Jump 

Marion "Buck" Bidwell 
Jump, a World War 11 veteran 
and a Kern River Valley resi- 
dent for 1 2 years, passed away 
May 27, 1997, after a long 
illness. 

He was born September 2, 
1921, in Bay City, Michigan. 
He moved to California in 
1949. He loved life, family, 
country, and friends. He 
served three years in the Army/ 
Air Force during World War II 
in Europe. 

Buck married Joyce on June 
6, 1942. God blessed them 
with 54 years of marriage. 
During that time, they enjoyed 
many adventures together, 
traveling throughout the U.S., 
Canada and the Alaska High- 
way, visiting family and friends 
along the way. 

He enjoyed the outdoors. 
Buck loved fishing, hunting 
and golf. He was a most loving 
husband, father and friend. He 
will be remembered for his 
sense of humor along with his 
loving and giving ways. 

Buck's memory will be cher- 
ished by his wife, Joyce; son, 
Keith, and his wife, Barbara; 
daughter, Terina, and hus- 
band, Mike Smith; his grand- 
children, Kyle, Beth, Karen, 
Brad, Doug, Bo and Erik; 
great-grandchildren, Tyler, 
Erik and Jessie. He is also 
survived by his stepmother, 
Frances; brothers, Vern, Dale 
and William; sisters, Mildred 
and Ruth. He is preceded in 
death by parents, Marion Sr. 
and Augusta; brothers, 
Raymond and Harold. 

Marion believed in Jesus 
and was ready to meet his 
maker. 



Norman 
Halverson 

Memorial services were 
held Friday, May 30, 1997, at 
1 0:00 a.m. at Mt. View South- 
ern Baptist Church for Norman 
Halverson. Officiating was 
Pastor Deryl Lackey. Inter- 
ment was at Kern River Valley 
Cemetery. 

Mr. Halverson was born 
February 7, 1 908 in LaCrosse, 
Wisconsin and went to be with 
our Lord on May 26, 1997, in 
Bakersfield. He was a resi- 
dent of the Kern River Valley 
for 30 years. He was a mem- 
ber of the Mt. View Southern 
Baptist Church and he enjoyed 
fishing and prospecting with 
his grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death 
by his daughter, Wannie, in 
1969 and his wife, Ethel, in 

1992. 

Mr. Halverson is survived 
by his daughter and son-in- 
law, Marilyn and Harold 
Hilsabeck, of Lake Isabella; 
and his sisters, Mable Matson, 
Vera Downton, Emma Fisher, 
Edna Sumner; and brothers, 
John and Rudy Halverson; four 
grandchildren, Kay Ferry, 
Lynn, Perry, and Michael 
Hilsabeck; 10 great-grandchil- 
dren and two great-great- 
grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



In loving memory of 

Judy Saltzgaver 

July 16, 1945-June 8, 1996 
It's been a year 
since she left us. 
Many time we thing of her, 
many times we've cried, 
if love could have saved her, 
she never would have died. 
In life we dearly loved her, 
in death we love her still, 
her place in our hearts, 
no one else can fill. 
It broke our hearts to lose her, 
but she did not go alone, 
for part of us went with her, 
when God took her home. 
Jude, you left a void 
in our hearts, 

but we'll always remember 
your tove and kindness. 
We love you dearly. 
Your Loving Family 



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June Beatrice 
Teeter 

A memorial service was 
held Saturday, June 7, 1997, 
at 7 p.m. at the Lake Isabella 
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's 
Witnesses for June Beatrice 
Teeter of Bodfish. Officiating 
was Mel Hetrick. Interment 
was at Kern River Valley Cem- 
etery in Wofford Heights. 

June was born February 7, 
1 921 , in Makanda, Illinois, and 
died May 29, J 997, at San 
Joaquin Community Hospital 
in Bakersfield. She was 76 
years old and a 1 8-year resi- 
dent of Bodfish. She was pre- 
ceded in death by her mother 
Virginia Erickson who died 
September 1996. 

She is survived by her son, 
Eddie Ray Crowell, and his 
wife, Joyce, of Los Angeles; 
daughter, Janet K. Johnson, 
and her husband, Larry, of 
Manhattan Beach, California; 
aunt, Mary Ina Hall, of Illinois; 
grandchildren, Eddie John 
Crowell, of Kansas; Christo- 
pher W. Johnson of Idaho; 
Randell C. Johnson of Colo- 
rado; Jackie Adaypf Kansas; 
Dawn Renee Lauber of Vir- 
ginia; great-grandchildren, 
Curtis, Nikki and Andrew Aday, 
all of Kansas; Dylan and Maria 
Lauber, both of Virginia. 

Arrangements by Ridge- 
crest Mortuary. 



Mabel Gladys 
kaderly 

Funeral services were held 
Saturday, June 7, 1997, at 
1 2:00 p.m. at Shepherd of the 
Hills Luthern Church in Lake 
Isabella for Mabel Gladys 
Kaderly. Officiating was Pas- 
tor Clarence Semonious. Mrs. 
Kaderly was born September 
1 , 1 920 in Syracuse, Kansas, 
and passed away at her home 
on June 4, 1997. 

Mabei -and-- hef husband 

moved to the Kern River Val- 
ley in 1947 and she has been 
a member of the Lutheran 
Darcas Society, the Grand- 
mothers Club, the 
Penmaraders Square Dance 
Club and the Roadrunners 
Bowling Team (both with her 
husband). She also loved to 
go fishing with him. She loved 
to sew and crochet for the 
family and has made quilts for 
the great-grandchildren. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of 58 years, William; her 
daughter, Patsy Stroud of 
Westminister, California; son, 
Russell Kaderly, of Bodfish; 
daughter, Nancy Tracy of Vir- 
ginia; seven grandchildren and 
seven great-grandchildren. 
Other survivors include her 
brothers, Frank Huser and 
Lawrence Huser, both of Mis- 
souri; sister Ada Merrill of 



Colorado; brother John Huser 
of Arizona; and sister Betty 
David of Missouri. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Kenneth J. Moon 

Kenneth J. Moon passed 
away at his home in Weldon 
on Sunday, June 1 , 1 997. He 
was born on September 28, 
1928, in Norman, Oklahoma. 

He is survived by his wife 
Adel; his daughters Angle, 
Leisa, Yvette and Yvonne; his 
sons Ken and Jim; 14 grand- 
children and eight great- 
grandchildren; Adel's sons 
Pat, Jerry and Sam and daugh- 
ter Carol and nine grandchil- 
dren. 

Mr. Moon was looking for- 
ward to retirement, so he and 
Adel could travel to see fam- 
ily, friends and the outdoors 
he loved. The family expresses 
appreciation and gratitude for 
all the kind friends here in the 
valley. He will be dearly missed 
by all. 



Wednesday, June 11, 1997 4 



In loving memory of 
Louis B. 
Schuster 

Louis B. Schuster was born 
in Schenectady, New York, 
on March 12,1919 and passed 
away in Mt. Mesa on June 1 0, 
1996. He married his wife, 
Elaine, on August 24, 1940. 
He was preceded in death by 
his daughter, Barbara Lynne, 
and granddaughter, Christy. 

He proudly served his coun- 
try in the Army from Septem- 
ber 1940 to September 1945 
and also in the Korean War, 
both times being stationed in 
the Pacific. 

Louis retired as assistant 
vice-president of First Inter- 
state Bank in 1982 and soon 
after moved to Kernville. 

He was also survived by 
daughter, Sharon Myares, of 
San Marcos; son, Kenneth, of 
Van Nuys; granddaughter, 
Connie Brisson, of Chico; and 
two great-granddaughters, 
also of Chico. 

We miss you, Dad. 

Ken and Sharon 



Wednesday, June 18, 1997 



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Harry L. "Bud" 
Torrence 

• Harry L. "Bud" Torrence 
■ passed away ~bn Tfiursday, 
June 12, 1997, at the age of 
78. He was born in Hammond, 
Indiana, on May 26, 1919. As 
a boy of 10, he came to Cali- 
fornia with his family. He later 
met and soon married his de- 
voted wife Esther in 1 940, and 
raised three loving daughters. 
He served in the Navy dur- 
ing World War II. In 1 974, Harry 
"Bud" and Esther moved to 
Kernville and settled in the 
community of Riverkern. In 
1 976, he was elected Honor- 
ary Mayor of Whiskey Flat. 
Harry "Bud" Torrence was a 
"pillar" to all. He was 
everyone's own personal 
"Rock of Gilbraltar." He was 
an adventurer and traveler at 
heart. He loved his family 
fiercely and they miss him 
greatly. "We love ya', Bud!" 



Harry L. "Bud" Torrence is 
survived by a loving family. 
His wife of 57 years, Esther, 
and his three daughters and 
- sons-in-law Dorene and Tom 
Yearian, Darlene and Mongo, 
and Diane and Jack Morck. 
He is also survived by his three 
grandchildren, Beverly, Chris- 
tine, and "Little Harry." 

Services arranged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 

John Earl 
Crawford 

John Earl Crawford , age 8 1 , 
passed away on May 9, 1 997, 
after a lengthy illness. Born on 
June 29, 1 91 5, in Vallejo, Cali- 
fornia, Earl Crawford was a 
carpenter, contractor and 
employee of the State of Cali- 
fornia on the Water Project 
prior to his retirement. 

During World War II, Earl 
served in the U.S. Army. He 
was laid to rest at the Golden 
Gate National Cemetery near 
San Francisco, California, on 
May 14, 1997, following mili- 
tary honors. 

A resident of Kernville for 
39 years, he is survived by his 
wife, Jeannette, of Kernville; a 
son, John Jr. , and three grand- 
sons, John III, Charles and 
David, all of La Jolla, Califor- 
nia. 

Arrangements were made 
by Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



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Opal Glee Mason 

Graveside services were 
held Saturday, June 1 4, 1 997, 
at 11:00 a.m. at Kern River 
Valley Cemetery for Opal Glee 
Mason. Officiating was Pastor 
Deryl Lackey of Mt. View 
Southern Baptist Church in Mt. 
Mesa. Opal was born May 1 7, 
1 906, in Hutchenson, Kansas, 
and passed away June 11, 
1997, in Mt. Mesa. 

She has been a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for the 
past six years and attended 
the Nazarene Church in Lake 
Isabella. Before moving here 



she was a member of the 
Church of God in Bellflower. 

Opal is survived by her 
daughter and son-in-law, 
Loretta and Bud Medlin, of Mt. 
Mesa; daughter and son-in- 
law. Aria and Andy Gibson, of 
Lake Isabella"; and son, Rob- 
ert Mason, of San Diego; and 
eight grandchildren, 17 great- 
grandchildren, and two great- 
great-grandchildren. She is 
also survived by two brothers, 
Otha Noyes and Orvilie Noyes, 
both of Texas; and a sister, 
Oneta Ammons, of Arkansas. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Ruby McDermot 

Graveside services were 
held Friday, June 1 3, 1 997, at 
10:00 a.m. at Kern River Val- 
ley Cemetery for Ruby 
McDermot. Officiating was 
Pastor Deryl Lackey of the Mt. 
View Southern Baptist Church 
in Lake Isabella. Mrs. 
McDermot was born June 1 9, 
1922 in Rochester County, 
Kentucky, and passed away 
June 7, 1 997, in Corona, Cali- 
fornia. 

She was a resident of Mt. 
Mesa for four years before 
moving to Corona. She liked 
to travel to Laughlin, Nevada, 
and also enjoyed playing 
canasta. 

Mrs. McDermot is survived 
by her son, Bruce Quick, of 
Chino Hills, California; daugh- 
ter, Rose Smith, of Mt. Mesa; 
five grandchildren, one grand- 
child; and two brothers, Ted 
and Sherman Howard. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, June 25, 1997 



Carl Louis Martin 

A memorial service was 
held at The Shepherd of the 
Hills Lutheran Church on June 
20, 1997, for Carl L. Martin 
who passed away suddenly 
on June 16, 1997, in Bakers- 
field. Carl was born on Febru- 
ary 18, 1914. in 
Saskatchewan, Canada. 

As a young boy, he moved 
with his family to Minnesota. 
He later met the love of his life, 
Ina. They were married in 
1946. Carl served his country 
during World War II in the Army 
-Med Corps, and feceived ths- 
bronze star of valor. He and 
Ina moved to Weldon, and then 
later to Bodfish, where they 
have resided ever since. Carl 
enjoyed collecting coins and 
gardening, and he was a mem- 
ber of the V.F.W. 

Carl is survived by his lov- 
ing wife Ina; son Danny and 
wife Elizabeth Martin, of 
Blaine, Minnesota; daughter 
Caria L. Martin, of 
Bloomington, Minnesota; two 
brothers and four sisters. He 
also leaves his grandchildren, 
And rew, K elly, Amanda, Jef- 
frey, Jason, Colin, Aaron; 
great-grandson Nickolas; 
many nieces and nephews, 
as well as a host of friends 
who will miss him dearly. He 
was preceded in death by his 
mother and father, a sister, a 
brother, and a granddauah- 
ter. A special thank you to Art 
and Nita Martin for their help, 
love and concern. The family 
requests all memorials to be 
senttotheM.C.LL and/or the 
Paralyzed Vets of America. 

Services arranged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Richard Norman 
Agnew 

Graveside services were 
held Tuesday, June 1 7, 1 997, 
at 1:00 p.m. at Valhalla Me- 
morial Park in No. Hollywood, 
California for Richard Agnew. 

Richard was born in Los 
Angeles, California, on May 
23, 1925, and passed away at 
his residence in Weldon on 
June 12, 1997, after a long 
illness. He was a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for the 
past 1 6 years. 

He ran for Mayor of Whis- 
key Flat in 1982 and was 
known as "Tricky Dick Agnew". 
He also was a member of the 
VFW, the Moose, and the 
Eagles, and was past presi- 
dent of the Eagles. He en- 
joyed fishing around the lake. 

Richard is survived by his 
sons, Dieon Agnew, of Simi 
Valley, California, Shawn 
Agnew of Castiac, California, 
Scott Agnew, of Arleta, Cali- 
fornia, and Richard Agnew Jr., 
of Midpine, California; daugh- 
ters Beverly Jean McCormick, 
of San Ffancisoor and Laurie 
Dee Agnew of El Cajon; step- 
daughter Laurie Ann Thomp- 
son, of Saugus, California; 10 
grandchildren; two great- 
grandchildren; and two sisters, 
Helen and Magie. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Reinhold 
Raymond Klotz 

A Mass for Christian burial 
was held Wednesday, June 
18. 1997, at 1:00 p.m. at St. 
Jude's Parish Catholic Church 
in Wofford Heights, for 
Reinhold Raymond Klotz 
(Bob). Officiating was Father 
Charles Casale. Burial was at 
Riverside National Cemetery 
in Riverside, California. 

Mr. Klotz was born in Hayes, 
Kansas, and pas sed awa y 



June 13, 1997 In Bakersfield. 

He was Chief of Security at 
St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita, 
Kansas, before retiring and 
moving to California in 1982, 
and then moving to the Kern 
River Valley in 1 989. He was a 
member of St. Jude's Parish. 

He is survived by his wife of 
50 years, Lorraine, of Lake 
Isabella; his son and daugh- 
ter-in-law, Ray and Myra Klotz; 
two granddaughters, Kimberly 
and Jennie Klotz; three broth- 
ers, Eugene Klotz, of Great 
Bend, Kansas, Robert Klotz, 
of Hayes, Kansas, and Eddie 
Klotz, of Leavenworth, Kan- 
sas; four sisters, Elizabeth 
Weber and Henen Smircich, 
of Denver, Colorado, Mildred 
Spratt, of Wilson, Kansas, and 
Roberta Coon of Wichita, Kan- 
sas. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, June 25, 1997 



Carl Louis Martin 

A memorial service was 
held at The Shepherd of the 
Hills Lutheran Church on June 
20, 1997, for Carl L Martin 
who passed away suddenly 
on June 16, 1997, in Bakers- 
field. Carl was born on Febru- 
ary 18, 1914, in 
Saskatchewan, Canada. 

As a young boy, he moved 
with his family to Minnesota. 
He later met the love of his life, 
Ina. They were married in 
1946. Carl served his country 
during World War II in the Army 
-Med Cefps, and fsceived ths- 
bronze star of valor. He and 
Ina moved to Weldon , and then 
later to Bodfish, where they 
have resided ever since. Carl 
enjoyed collecting coins and 
gardening, and he was a mem- 
ber of the V.F.W. 

Carl is survived by his lov- 
ing wife Ina; son Danny and 
wife Elizabeth Martin, of 
Blaine, Minnesota; daughter 
Caria L. Martin, of 
Bloomington, Minnesota; two 
brothers and four sisters. He 
also leaves his grandchildren, 
And rew, Ke lly, Amanda, Jef- 
frey, JasorTT CofTn, Aaron; 
great-grandson Nickolas; 
many nieces and nephews, 
as well as a host of friends 
who will miss him dearly. He 
was preceded in death by his 
mother and father, a sister, a 
brother, and a granddaugh- 
ter. A special thank you to Art 
and Nita Martin for their help, 
love and concern. The family 
requests ail memorials to be 
senttotheM.C.LL.and/orthe 
Paralyzed Vets of America. 

Sen/ices arranged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Richard Norman 
Agnew 

Graveside services were 
held Tuesday, June 1 7, 1 997, 
at 1 :00 p.m. at Valhalla Me- 
morial Park in No. Hollywood, 
California for Richard Agnew. 

Richard was born in Los 
Angeles, California, on May 
23, 1 925, and passed away at 
his residence in Weldon on 
June 12, 1997, after a long 
illness. He was a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for the 
past 1 6 years. 

He ran for Mayor of Whis- 
key Flat in 1982 and was 
known as "Tricky Dick Agnew". 
He also was a member of the 
VFW, the Moose, and the 
Eagles, and was past presi- 
dent of the Eagles. He en- 
joyed fishing around the lake. 

Richard is survived by his 
sons, Dieon Agnew, of Simi 
Valley, California, Shawn 
Agnew of Castiac, California, 
Scott Agnew, of Arleta, Cali- 
fornia, and Richard Agnew Jr. , 
of Midpine, California; daugh- 
ters Beverly Jean McCormick, 
of San Ffanciseer and Laurie 
Dee Agnew of El Cajon; step- 
daughter Laurie Ann Thomp- 
son, of Saugus, California; 10 
grandchildren; two great- 
grandchildren; and two sisters, 
Helen and Magie. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Reinhold 
Raymond Klotz 

A Mass for Christian burial 
was held Wednesday, June 
18 1997, at 1:00 p.m. at St. 
Jude's Parish Catholic Church 
in Wofford Heights, for 
Reinhold Raymond Klotz 
(Bob). Officiating was Father 
Charles Casale. Burial was at 
Riverside National Cemetery 
in Riverside, California. 

Mr. Klotz was born in Hayes, 
Kansas, and pas sed a way 
June 13, 1997 in Bakersfield. 

He was Chief of Security at 
St. Joseph Hospital in Wichita, 
Kansas, before retiring and 
moving to California in 1982, 
and then moving to the Kern 
River Valley in 1 989. He was a 
member of St. Jude's Parish. 

He is survived by his wife of 
50 years, Lon-aine, of Lake 
Isabella; his son and daugh- 
ter-in-law, Ray and Myra Klotz; 
two granddaughters, Kimberly 
and Jennie Klotz; three broth- 
ers, Eugene Klotz, of Great 
Bend, Kansas, Robert Klotz, 
of Hayes, Kansas, and Eddie 
Klotz, of Leavenworth, Kan- 
sas; four sisters, Elizabeth 
Weber and Henen Smircich, 
of Denver, Colorado, Mildred 
Spratt, of Wilson, Kansas, and 
Roberta Coon of Wichita, Kan- 

egic 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, June 25. 1997 



Frank Earl Wilson 

On June 17, 1997, Frank 
Earl Wilson passed away at 
home with his family. Funeral 
services Y/ere held_Qn Friday. 
June 20, 1997. at the Rose^ 
Chapel in Lake Isabella. A 
graveside committal service 
was held immediately follow- 
ing at the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights. 
Dr. Marvin Moon, Pastor of 
the Shepherd of the Hills 
Lutheran Church in Lake Isa- 
bella, officiated at the services, 
with the Veterans of Foreign 
Wars giving Mr. Wilson's Vet- 
erans Honorarium graveside. 
Frank Earl Wilson was born 
on September 16, 1923, in 
Arkansas, to his parents 
George Joseph and Mamie 
Wilson. He proudly served his 
country during World War II, in 
the United States Navy. He 
later moved to Chicago, where 
he married his wife b/47 years, 
_CoylaBelleWilson. Frank and 
Coyiamovedto the valleyarea" 
in 1983 from Chester, where 
they resided in Wofford 
Heights. Frank was a member 
of the Veterans of Foreign 
Wars and he loved to golf. His 
greatest passion of all was his 
avid fervor for the growing of 
his tomato plants. Many 
people didn't know Frank by 
name, just by "the man who 
waves as people go by the 
house on the way to the ma- 
rina." 

Frank is survived by his wife 
Coyla Bella Wilson, his be- 
loved Haley-Baby, and by 
many nieces and nephews. 
He will be greatly missed by 
all those who loved and cared 
for him. 

Services arranged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Earl Curtis Ary 

In loving memory of Earl C 
Ary: 

Born July 7, 1930, in Indian 
Territory, Oklahoma. A loving 
husband, father, and grandfa- 
ther passed away on June 1 8 
1997, in Bakersfield, Califor- 
nia, after a short battle with 
cancer. Services were held 
_?ILfl!^£yijJune 20. 1 997, at 
Kern River Valley Cemetery 
in Wofford Heights. Officiating 
was Pastor John Carpenter of 
the Kernville United Method- 
ist Church. 

Earl is survived by his wife 
Alvis M. Ary; five children, 
Linda, Connie, Caroline, Rick 
and Curtis; 14 grandchildren; 
and seven great-grandchil- 
dren. He will be greatly missed 
by all his family and friends. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Jean W. Chase 

Jean W. Chase, 76, passed 
away at a nursing home in 
Bakersfield on June 1 4, 1 997, 
after a brief illness. Jean was 
born in Spokane, Washing- 
ton, on January 13, 1921, 
came to the valley in 1965, 
and -was-a-restdent-of -KerrF 
ville. She was employed as a 
cook in coffee shops in Lake 
Isabella, Kernville, and Wof- 
ford Heights. 

She leaves behind her 
many friends and will be 
missed by all. Cremation will 
be handled by the Neptune 
Society. 



Cierald C. Click 

Graveside services were 
held Monday, June 30, 1997, 
at 1 :00 p.m. for Gerald C. Click 
(Jerry) at Kern River Valley 
Cemetery. Officiating was Pas- 
tor Deryl Lackey of the Mt. View 
Southern Baptist Church. 

Mr. Click was born July 3, 
1 937, in Weeksbery, Kentucky, 
and passed away June 25, 
1997, in Kernville. Jerry has 
lived in the Kern River Valley 
since 1 969. He worked for L.D. 
Seibert and with Click and As- 
sociates. He was a member of 
the California Sheriff Associa- 
tion. He enjoyed his antique 
cars and traveling. 

Jerry is survived by his wife 
of 22 years, Millie Click of Kern- 
ville; his son and daughter-in- 
law Tony and Sherry Click of 
Wofford Heights; daughter and 
son-in-law Bonnie and Dan 
Gates of Wofford Heights; 
daughter and son-in-law 
Joanna and Joe Strain of 
Bakersfield, California; daugh- 
ter Kelly Betteridge of Kern- 
ville; nine grandchildren, and 
many good friends. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Melvin Lyie 
Hauser 

Funeral services were held 
Thursday, June 26, 1997, at 
11:00 a.m. at First Baptist 
Church of Lake Isabella for Mel 
Hauser. Officiating was Pastor 
Dave Snow. 

Mel was born October 14, 
1917 in Nampa, Idaho, and 
passed away June 22, 1 997, in 
Bakersfield, California. Mel 
worked for Rockwell for 33 
years before retiring and mov- 
ing to the Kern River Valley 25 
years ago. He was a member 
of the First Baptist Church in 
Lake Isabella, and he loved to 
travel, squaredance, and round 
dance. He loved family gather- 
ings. 

He is sun/ived by his wife of 
58 years, Doris; his daughters 
Vannie Studebaker of Wofford 
Heights, and Sandy Marks of 
Cerritos; four grandchildren, 
Candie Jeremiah, Patti War- 
ren, Curt Studebaker, and Rob 
Marsh; four great-grandchil- 
dren; and two brothers, Vern 
and George Hauser. 



Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Robert Lee Wood ^= 



Wi:i^Ni;.si)AY, )i;iY 2, 1997 



Graveside services were 
held Tuesday, July 1 , 1 997, at 
12:00 p.m. at Pacific Crest 
Cemetery in Redondo Beach, 
California, for Robert Lee 
Wood. Officiating was the Elks 
Lodge #1 91 9 of Gardena, Cali- 
fornia. Memorial service will be 
held Thursday, July 3, 1 997, at 
11:00 a.m. at the Elks Lodge 
#2358 in Wofford Heights. Eu- 
logy by Bob Faulkner. 

Robert was born May 22, 
1924, in Marinsco, Michigan, 
and passed away June 23, 
1 997, in Mt. Mesa. He has been 
a resident of the valley for 6 
years. He was a member of the 
Elks #1 91 9 in Gardena, the Elks 
#2358 in Wofford Heights, and 
the VFW. He received the Elk 
of the year award in 1995. He 
worked for the Harris Fence 
Co. for 30 years before retiring. 

He is survived by his wife 
Marilyn Wood of Wofford 
Heights; his son and daughter- 
in-law William and Carol Wood 
of Harbor City, California; son 
and daughter-in-law Tommy 
and Pam Wood of Redondo 
Beach, California; son and 
daughter-in-law Bruce and 
Charlene Saunders of Bakers- 
field, California; daughter and 
son-in-law Sherrie and Fred 
Brooks of Caldwell, Idaho; and 
grandchildren, Julia, Michael, 
Kimberly Saunders of Bakers- 
field, California, Abbie Brooks 
of Idaho, and Jessica Wood of 

Redondo Beach, California, 
and Brian Wood of Harbor City, 
California. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Betty Jane Post 

On June 23, 1997, Betty 
Jane Post, age 73, passed 
away at home with her family. 

Betty was born on June 9, 
1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, to 
her loving parents Milo and 
Marie Ross. In 1988, Betty met 
and married her husband Char- 
lie Post. The two were married 
in Austinberg, Ohio, in Sep- 
tember of that year. That same 
year, Betty moved with her 
husband from Jefferson, Ohio, 
to the Kern River Valley area, 
then residing in Mt. Mesa. Betty 
became very involved with the 
Kern River Valley Community. 
She became a member of the 
Moose Lodge's "Women of the 
Moose." Betty truly loved the 
people of Kern Valley. She 
loved dancing, traveling, and 
especially the scenic beauty of 
the mountains surrounding the 
valley. Betty touched many 
people's lives in the valley and 
she will be greatly missed by 
all. 

Betty is sun/ived by her hus- 
band Charlie Post of Mt. Mesa; 
her son Ed Sterling of 
Kingsville, Ohio, and his chil- 
dren Jason, Michelle, Amanda, 
and Jerud; her daughter Janice 
Lenart of Austinberg, Ohio, and 
her children Andrew and. 
Heather; her stepdaughter 

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Gerald C. Click 

Graveside services were 
held Monday, June 30, 1997, 
at 1 :00 p.m. for Gerald C. Click 
(Jerry) at Kern River Valley 
Cemetery. Officiating was Pas- 
tor Deryl Lackey of the Mt. View 
Southern Baptist Church. 

Mr. Click was born July 3, 
1 937, in Weeksbery, Kentucky, 
and passed away June 25, 
1997, in Kernville. Jerry has 
lived in the Kern River Valley 
since 1 969. He worked for L.D. 
Seibert and with Click and As- 
sociates. He was a member of 
the California Sheriff Associa- 
tion. He enjoyed his antique 
cars and traveling. 

Jerry is survived by his wife 
of 22 years, Millie Click of Kern- 
ville; his son and daughter-in- 
law Tony and Sherry Click of 
Wofford Heights; daughter and 
son-in-law Bonnie and Dan 
Gates of Wofford Heights; 
daughter and son-in-law 
Joanna and Joe Strain of 
Bakersfield, California; daugh- 
ter Kelly Betteridge of Kern- 
ville; nine grandchildren, and 
many good friends. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Melvin Lyie 
Hauser 

Funeral services were held 
Thursday, June 26, 1997, at 
11;00 a.m. at First Baptist 
Church of Lake Isabella for Mel 
Hauser. Officiating was Pastor 
Dave Snow. 

Mel was born October 14, 
1917 in Nampa, Idaho, and 
passed away June 22, 1 997, in 
Bakersfield, California. Mel 
worked for Rockwell for 33 
years before retiring and mov- 
ing to the Kern River Valley 25 
years ago. He was a member 
of the First Baptist Church in 
Lake Isabella, and he loved to 
travel, square dance, and round 
dance. He loved family gather- 
ings. 

He IS survived by his wife of 
58 years, Doris; his daughters 
Vannie Studebaker of Wofford 
Heights, and Sandy Marks of 
Cerritos; four grandchildren, 
Candle Jeremiah, Patti War- 
ren, Curt Studebaker, and Rob 
Marsh; four great-grandchil- 
dren; and two brothers, Vern 



Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Robert Lee Wood 

Graveside services were 
held Tuesday, July 1 , 1 997, at 
12:00 p.m. at Pacific Crest 
Cemetery in Redondo Beach, 
California, for Robert Lee 
Wood. Officiating was the Elks 
Lodge #1 91 9 of Gardena, Cali- 
fornia. Memorial service will be 
held Thursday, July 3, 1 997, at 
11:00 a.m. at the Elks Lodge 
#2358 in Wofford Heights. Eu- 
logy by Bob Faulkner. 

Robert was born May 22, 
1924, in Marinsco, Michigan, 
and passed away June 23, 
1 997, in Mt. Mesa. He has been 
a resident of the valley for 6 
years. He was a member of the 
Elks #1 91 9 in Gardena, the Elks 
#2358 in Wofford Heights, and 
the VFW. He received the Elk 
of the year award in 1995. He 
worked for the Harris Fence 
Co. for 30 years before retiring. 

He is survived by his wife 
Marilyn Wood of Wofford 
Heights; his son and daughter- 
in-law William and Carol Wood 
of Harbor City, California; son 
and daughter-in-law Tommy 
and Pam Wood of Redondo 
Beach, California; son and 
daughter-in-law Bruce and 
Charlene Saunders of Bakers- 
field, California; daughter and' 
son-in-law Sherrie and Fred 
Brooks of Caldwell, Idaho; and 
grandchildren, Julia, Michael, 
Kimberly Saunders of Bakers- 
field, California, Abbie Brooks 
of Idaho, and Jessica Wood of 



Redondo Beach, California, 
and Bnan Wood of Harbor City, 
California. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Betty Jane Post 

On June 23, 1997, Betty 
Jane Post, age 73, passed 
away at home with her family, 

Betty was born on June 9, 
1924, in Cleveland, Ohio, to 
her loving parents Milo and 
Marie Ross. In 1 988, Betty met 
and marhed her husband Char- 
lie Post, The two were married 
in Austinberg, Ohio, in Sep- 
tember of that year. That same 
year, Betty moved with her 
husband from Jefferson, Ohio, 
to the Kern River Valley area, 
then residing in Mt. Mesa. Betty 
became very involved with the 
Kern River Valley Community. 
She became a member of the 
Moose Lodge's "Women of the 
Moose." Betty truly loved the 
people of Kern Valley. She 
loved dancing, traveling, and 
especially the scenic beauty of 
the mountains surrounding the 
valley. Betty touched many 
people's lives in the valley and 
she will be greatly missed by 
all. 

Betty is survived by her hus- 
band Charlie Post of Mt. Mesa; 
her son Ed Sterling of 
Kingsville, Ohio, and his chil- 
dren Jason, Michelle, Amanda, 
and Jerud; her daughter Janice 
LenartofAustinberg, Ohio, and 
her children Andrew and. 
Heather; her stepdaughter 

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"Big Larry" Ranta 

The valley has lost one of its 
most loved residents, Lart7 
Ranta, known as "Yukon Jack" 
or "Big Larry." Larry was born 
in Pasadena, California, to 
Lucille and Leo Ranta on July 
24, 1 949. He entered into rest 
on June 26, 1997, at his resi- 
dence in Mt. Mesa. 

Larry is survived by his 
mother Lucille Ranta Sanders 
and stepfather Charles Sand- 
ers; his sister Linda Bowers of 
Tennessee. He also left be- 
hind numerous friends, both of 
the lake area and San 
Fernando Valley. 

He was a good friend of Pas- 
tor Jack Dilley for over 40 years. 
He had been in the Sunland 
Neighborhood Church in 
Sunland, California, in his teens 
where Pastor Jack was the 
Youth Director. 

"Yukon Jack" was an avid 
member of the Bakersfield 
Muzzle Loaders. He will be 
sorely missed at the annual 
Peter Lebec Rendezvous. He 
will be remembered and hon- 
ored with a graveside service 
on Saturday, July 12, 1997, at 
10 a.m. at the Wofford Heights, 
Kern Valley Cemetery with 
Pastor Jack Dilley officiating. 

"Where are you Gentle Gi- 
ant? Forever in our hearts." 



Betty Jean Costa 

Betty was born on August 
10, 1921, in Akron, Ohio, and 
moved to California with her 
family as a young girl. She 
married her high school sweet- 
heart, Jay Dee Costa, on 
January 22, 1 940. She was the 
loving mother of Jadeen and 
Bob. Jay and Betty moved to 
the Kern River Valley in 1980 
where they became active in 
the Elks, Mason's, Eastern Star, 
and the Wofford Heights Im- 
provement Group. They were 
married for 57 years and have 
seven grandchildren and 13 
great-grandchildren. 

Betty passed away peace- 
fully on June 28, 1997. The 
family requests that in lieu of 
flowers you honor Betty's love 
of young people and music by 
making your donation to the 
Betty Costa Scholarship Fund. 
Services were held at Valley 
Mortuary on Wednesday, July 
2, 1997, at 10 a.m. followed by 
a graveside service and lun- 
cheon at the Elks Lodge in 
Wofford Heights. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

George Butterfield 
Wallace 

A memorial service will be 
held Saturday, July 12, 1997, 
at 1 1 a.m. at 'y/alley Mortuary 
Chapel for George Butterfield 
Wallace who passed away 
June 26, 1997, in Mt. Mesa. 

Mr. Wallace was born De- 
cember 18, 1921, in Yonkers, 
New York, and served in the 
U.S. Army in India during WWII, 
he was a black belt in martial 
arts and a master of cane fight- 
ing. He worked in the field of 
photography for 25 years. He 
was a resident of the Kern River 
Valley for 1 years. He will be 
missed by his many friends. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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MelvinLyleHauser 

The family of Melvin Lyie 
Hauser, October 17, 1917 - 
June 22, 1997, would like to 
express our sincere thanks and 
appreciation to all our fannily 
and friends for their love and 
support during the time of Dad's 
passing away. We thank you 
for your prayers, your phone 
calls, flowers, prepared meals 
and for the time you spent with 
our family to honor and remem- 
ber Dad. Your presence, 
thoughts and prayers have 
been truly helpful to our entire 
family. We, Mel's family, find 
comfort and peace knowing that 
he is now with God and is in His 
loving care. 

Special thanks to pastor 
Dave Snow and our church 
family at First Baptist Church in 
Lake Isabella, the Dam Danc- 
ers and to all our friends at 
Jesse James Trailer Park, and 
Kern Valley High School. 

God bless you, and with love 
from Mel's wife, Doris; daugh- 
ters, Vonnie and husband Jon 
Studebaker, and Sandy and 
husband Larry Marsh; grand- 
children. Candle Jeremiah, 
Patti Warren, and Curt 
Studebaker; and great grand- 
children, Heidi, Colton, Josh 
and Weston. 



Sterling Stalford 

Funeral services were held 
Monday, July 1 4, 1 997 at 1 0:30 
a.m. at St. Jude's Catholic 
Church in Wofford Heights for 
Sterling Stalford, followed by 
burial in the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery. Sterling was born 
May 17, 1951 in Kernville, and 
passed away July 9, 1997, at 
the age of 46 at his residence in 
Sun City, California, where he 
was employed as a truck driver 
by Sunwest Materials for the 
past 20 years. A Rosary ser- 
vice was held on July 1 3, 1 997, 
at Miller-Jones Mortuary in Sun 
City. 

He is survived by his wife 
Dene, of Sun City, California; 
two sons, Andrew Robles of 
California, and Robert Stalford 
of Oregon; two bothers, Billy 
Stalford of New Mexico, and 
Levi Stalford of Lake Isabella; 
a sister, Jeanne Stalford of Los 
Angeles, California; and his 
father, Sidney Stalford of New 
Mexico. 

Arrangements by Miller- 
Jones Mortuary in Sun City, 
California. 



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Judith Marie 
Samstag 

Funeral services were held 
Wednesday, July 9, 1997, at 
1:00 p.m. at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel for Judith Marie 
Samstag. Officiating was Pas- 
tor Deryl Lackey of Mt. View 
So. Baptist Church. Mrs. 
Samstag was born April 1, 
1 943, in Trenton, Michigan, and 
passed away July 4, 1997, in 
Bakersfield, California. 

She was in nursing for 25 
years and was a member of the 
Missouri Foxtrotters Associa- 
tion for 10 years. She had a 
love for horses. She was a lov- 
ing mother, devoted wife and 
sister. She has been a resident 
of Lake Isabella for a year hav- 
ing moved here from 
Rosemead, California. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of 36 years, William 
Samstag of Lake Isabella; 
daughter Rene Czajka and 
grandson Edward Czajka of 
Victorville, California; two broth- 
ers, James Moltz of Desert City, 
California, and David Moltz of 
San Diego, California. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Frank Wilson 

In memory of Frank Wilson: 
I once believed a man as 
good and kind as my Uncle 
Frank would be immortal. But i 
also knew God's plan for us is 
to be born, to live, and then to 
return home to Him one day. 
Uncle Frank did that job I feel 
very well. He was a person full 
of wisdom. In the years my 
sister and I have known him we 
have learned a great deal about 
how to live life with honesty 
and self-respect. Even in his 
final days his words were of 
love, and filled with humor. He 
became my little sister's best 
friend. Their love and bond was 
very special. The pain I feel 
right now can never be as 
strong as the love I have for 
him or the joy I feel knowing I 
was blessed to have this won- 
derful man in my life. For my 
sister and myself his love, hon- 
esty, and humor will love on 
within our hearts forever. So I 
thank you and love you my 
dear Uncle Frank, and know 
we will live together again in 
our Lord's home. 
Love, Chris (Smith) 



luLY 23^991 



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Mildred Lucina 
Wilson 

Mildred Lucina Wilson, age 
93, passed away in Sacra- 
mento, California, on July 14, 
1997. She was preceded iri 
death by her husband Minard 
and her three nephews Lewis 
Bill and Allen. 

She was the loving mother of 
H. Maxine Schmidt and Virginia 
B. Wilson and husband John 
Mrs. Wilson is also survived by 
her grandson Kevin M. and wife 
Paula; great-granddaughter 
Sara Elizabeth Alish and Alan 
Jr.; stepson Dan Wilson and 
wife Jenefer and famify Chad 
and Kendell; sister-in-law Dana 
Davis and husband Dave; and 
brother-in-law John Enright. 

A native of Pennsylvania 
Mrs. Wilson spent the last 35 
years at Lake Isabella in the 
interior decorating business. 

Funeral services were held 
Wednesday, July 16. 1997 at 7 
p.m. at the Nicoletti, Culjis and 
Herberger Funeral Home, 5401 
Folsom Blvd. Private entomb- 
ment followed at East Lawn 
Memorial Park. 



Carl Leo Miller, Jr. 

A memorial service was held 
on Saturday, July 19, 1997, for 
Carl Leo Miller, Jr., who passed 
away July 16, 1997, in Wofford 
Heights. The service was held 
at the Masonic Lodge in Kern- 
ville, with a graveside commital 
following at the Kern River Val- 
ley Cemetery. 

Carl was born on February 4 
1922, in Terre Haute, Indiana' 
to Carl and Gertrude Miller. . 

He was a member of the 
Masons for over 25 years and 
held the distinguished mark of 
a 32nd degree Mason. He was 
a devoted member of the Wel- 
don Methodist Church, and was 
an energetic "rockhound." His 
enjoyments in life came from 



California; five grandchildren 
and a special niece, Michelle 
Boyd, of Indiana; as well as a 
host of loving friends that will 
miss him dearly. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Gordon E. Cornell 

Gordon E. Cornell, born June 
1 8, 1 925, died July 1 4, 1 997, at 
his home. Mr. Cornell, a valiey 
resident since 1986, served in 
the U.S. Navy, U.S. Army and 
the Merchant Marines. He was 
a retired sheet metal machinist. 

Mr. Cornell is survived by his 
wife Pat; a brother, Stanley of 
Wofford Heights; a sister. 



enjuyriienis in iiTe came from vvuiiora neignts; a sister 
fishing, camping, andT)oa{ing^ — P«99yroN=»afadi6erGaWofoia; 
He donated his time to different '^^"y nieces and neohews 



organizations, such as the Boy 
Scouts, and to helping the 
handicapped. 

Carl leaves his wife of 55 
years, Louise Miller, of Weldon- 
his son, Robert Miller, of Brea,' 
California; daughter, Nancy 
Jane Kauffman, of Reseda, 



many nieces and nephews. 

He will have a private military 
service with burial at sea in 
Redondo Beach, California. 



Wednesday, July 30, 1997 



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Frank Jay Murphy 

A memorial senHce was held 
Thursday, July 24, 1997, at 
1 1 :00 a.m. at Mt. View South- 
ern Baptist Church for Frank 
Jay Murphy who passed away 
Sunday, July 20, 1997 in Lake 
Isabella. Officiating was Pastor 
Deryl Lackey. 

Frank was born May 1 9, 1 91 6 



in McAlester, Oklahoma, and 
lived and worked in the Los 
Angeles area for many years. 
He worked for Firestone for 31 
years before retiring and mov- 
ing to the Kern Valley in 1976. 
He was a charter member of 
Mt. View Southern Baptist 
Church and a member of the 
National AARP in Lake Isabella. 
He is survived by his wife of 
56 years, Edna Murphy; and 
two daughters, Rebecca 
Steiner, of Norwalk, and Dolores 
Dinwiddle, of Bellflower; four 
grandchildren, Yvette Almazan, 
of Sun Valley, California; 
Annette Corrigan, of Edwards 
Air Force Base; Danny and 
Valiery Dinwiddie and Deanna 
Dinwiddie, all of Bellflower; 
seven great-grandchildren; a 
brother, L.G. Murphy, of Okla- 
homa; a niece, Phyllis Smith, of 
Oklahoma; and Kathy Murphy. 
Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Wednesday, August 6, lg9X- 



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Rev. Charles 
Hamilton Petty 

Rev. Charles Hamilton Petty, 
age 72, of Wofford Heights, 
entered eternal rest unexpect- 
edly July 30, 1997, at Bakers- 
field Memorial Hospital. Born in 
New Bedford, Mass., he was 
the son of the late Benjamin 
and ivy Petty. 

He is survived by his wife, 
Eveline A. Hesketh-Petty, 
whom he married January 1 7, 
1997, and three sons from his 
51 years of marriage to the late 
Betty-Mae Petty; Rodney 
Hamilton Petty of Moab, Utah; 
Timothy Alan Petty of 
Wilseyville, California; and 
Stephen Howland Petty of 
Orosi, California; a brother, 
Phillip Petty, of Fresno, Califor- 
nia; eight grandchildren; and a 
stepdaughter, Carol-Ann 
Hesketh Ashton, of Bermuda 
and Waitsfield, Vermont. 

Mr. Petty graduated from 
New Bedford Vocational School 
and Rio Hondo College in 
Whittier, California. He was a 
Navy veteran of World War II. 
He taught mathematics at Camp 
Owen. He was a reserve peace 
officer and retired J.C. Penney 
executive. He was also well- 
known for his expertise in cus- 
tom windows and doors. He 
was a member of De Molay for 
al most 60 years . 



As an ordained minister, he 
was the outreach minister on 
the staff of the Calloway Com- 
munity Church in Bakersfield. 
In addition, he was a guest 
preacher at God's Church at 
the Caroline Chapel in New 
Bedford, Mass. 

Memorial services were held 
on Saturday, Aug. 2, 1997, at 
the Calloway Community 
Church with Pastor John Revis 
officiating. Private burial fol- 
lowed. 

Charles will be greatly missed 



by his family, friends and those 
whose lives he touched with his 
ministry. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
may be made to the building 
fund of the Calloway Church at 
3331 Calloway Drive, Bakers- 
field. CA 933 12. 

Denise Lyn Kramer 

Funeral services were held 
Monday, Aug. 4, 1997 at 11 
a.m. at Valley Mortuary Chapel 
for Denise Lyn Kramer. 

Denise was born April 18, 
1953 in Glendale, Calif, and 
has been a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for the past 10 
years. She passed away July 
29, 1997, in Bakersfield. She 
was employed at Red's Marina 
for the past four years. 

She enjoyed fishing. Her goal 
was always to make people 
smile. She is survived by her 
husband of 26 years, Richard 
Kramer, of Lake Isabella; and 
three grandchildren, Shawn, 
Jeff, and Chrisie; her sister, 
Laura Condit, of Bodfish; her 
brother, Robert Gammel, of 
Bodfish; and her parents, Olive 
and Robert Redmayer, of Wel- 
don. 

She will be greatly missed by 
all who knew and loved her. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Wednesday, August 6, 1^97- 



53 



Victor L. Evers 

A graveside commital was 
held for Victor L. Evers of Bod- 
fish on Monday, July 21 , 1997, 
at 2:00 p.m. at the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery. Pastor Floyd 
R. Castillo officiated. Victor 
passed away July 13, 1997, in 
Mt. Mesa. He was 63 years of 
age. 

He was born September 25, 
1 933, in the family's farmhouse 
in Wycoff, Minnesota, to John 
and Ethel Evers. He had three 
brothers and five sisters. He 
was a resident of the Kern River 
Valley for the past 20 years. He 
mo ved t o the valley from Lomita, 
California, after retiring from 
United States Steel where he 
worked as a crane operator. 

Victor loved living in the val- 
ley, often calling it God's coun- 
try. He also loved to hunt and 
fish. 

He is preceded in death by 
his parents; by two brothers, 
Darrell Evers of Rochester, Min- 
nesota, and Donald Evers, of 
Livingston, Montana; by a sis- 
ter, Lucy Hein, of Motley, Min- 
nesota; and most recently by 
his wife, Pauline Evers, of Lake 
Isabella. 

Victor is survived by his 
daughter, Rebecca Shoemake; 
son-in-law Greg; and grand- 
daughters, Jessica and Shelbie, 
of South Carolina. He is also 
survived by four sisters, Dor- 
othy, and husband, Elton 
LeFevere, of Spring Valley, Min- 
nesota; Anita Kritz of Austin, 
Minnesota; Audrey Sands of St. 
Marie, Minnesota; and Phyllis 
Theiss of Rochester, Minne- 
sota; one brother, Carroll Evers, 
and wife, Carolyn, of Wycoff, 
Minnesota; and many nieces 
and nephews. He will be greatly 
missed by his family. 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 



Odessa 
Alice Griffin 

Odessa Alice Griffin, age 92, 
passed away July 23, 1997. 

She was preceded in death 
by her husband, H.H. "Old Jack" 
Griffin. She was mother to Lillian 
and Bob Parker of Arizona, and 
Vern "Bud" and Corrine Rios of 
Squirrel Valley; Grandma Des 
to 18-5 grandchildren, 11 
great-grandchildren and two 
great-great granddaughters; 
and sister to Alberta Ott of Kan- 
sas. 

Dessie was born June 12, 
1905 and raised on the farm in 
Coffey County, Kansas. She 
lived her adult life in various 
parts of California, including the 
San Fernando Valley, Ventura 
County, and the last three years 
in Kernville. 

Funeral services were held 
July 26, 1997, at Ivy Lawn Me- 
morial Park, Ventura. 




54 



Ruby Christina 
Brennan 

A memorial service was held 
Friday, August 8, 1997, at 1 :00 
p.m. at Highland Chapel United 
Methodist Church in Lake Isa- 
bella, for Ruby Christina 
Brennan. Officiating was Pas- 
tor Floyd Castillo. Graveside 
services will be Saturday, Au- 
gust 16, 1997, at 11:00 a.m at 
Riverside National Cemetery 
Ruby was born July 28, 1 91 9 in 
Liberal, Kansas and passed 
away August 6, 1997, at her 
home in Bodfish. 

She has been a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for 10 
years, and a member of High- 
land Chapel United Methodist 
Church and the Ladies of the 
Moose and VFW and the Pink 
Ladies and the Beamers. She 
enjoyed crafts and traveling with 
the Beamers. 

She was preceded in death 
by her husband Harry, and son 
Ed Cunningham. She is sur- 
vived by her daughter-in-law, 
Lisa Cunningham, and grand- 
son, Kurt Cunningham, of Los 
Angeles; brothers, Harold 
Goodhart, of Kansas, and Dean 
Goodhart, of Arkansas; and sis- 
ter, Lottie McVey, of Arkansas. 
In lieu of flowers, donations 
may be made to cancer re- 
search or Kern Hospice. 

Dorothy 'Fern' 
Jones 

Dorothy Jones, widow of 
Harvey Jones, passed away on 
July 10, 1997. She is survived 
by three sisters, Marguerite 
Wachutkaand Arlene Ferguson 



of Burlington, Iowa, and Betty 
Patton of Glendale, California; 
five nieces and three nephews.' 

Fern worked for Contel Tele- 
phone Company for many 
years. She lived in Bodfish for 
over 30 years. 

Graveside services will be 
held August 15, 1997, at 1:00 
p.m. at the Kern Valley Cem- 
etery. 



Ruth B. Steele 

Private services were held 
for Ruth B. Steele who passed 
away on August 2, 1997, in 
Wofford Heights. Born in Mt. 
Pelier, Indiana, on December 
•^,-t»12',- tO"dohn-and Eva 
Buckland. 

She worked in various mar- 
kets and retail grocery outlets 
as a checker for many years, 
before coming to California. 

Ruth loved the valley and all 
the friends she had made over 
the years, especially Kenneth 
Pitts, who not only was her com- 
panion, but caregiver, nurse, 
and best friend. She will be 
greatly missed by all whose lives 
she touched. 



Denlse Lyn Kramer 

Funeral services were held 
Monday, Aug. 4, 1997 at 11 
a.m. at Valley Mortuary Chapel 
for Denise Lyn Kramer. 

Denise was born April 18 
1953 in Glendale, California,' 
and has been a resident of the 
Kern River Valley for the past 
1 years. She passed away July 
29, 1997, in Bakersfield. She 
was employed at Red's Marina 
for the past four years. She 



enjoyed fishing. Her goal was 
always to make people smile. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of 26 years, Richard 
Kramer, of Lake Isabella; son 
Steven Allen Harell, of Lake 
Isabella; and three grandchil- 
dren, Shawn, Jeff, and Chrisie; 
her sister, Laura Condit, of Bod- 
fish; her brother, Robert 
Gammel, of Bodfish; and her 
parents, Olive and Robert 
Redmayer, of Weldon. She will 
be greatly missed by all who 
knew and loved her. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Wednesday, August 20, 1997 



55 




Irene Mildred 
Adam 

A funeral mass was cel- 
ebrated at St. Jude's Catholic 
Church in Wofford Heights on 
Wednesday, August 1 3, 1 997, 
for Irene M. Adam of Lake Isa- 
bella. Celebrant of the mass 
was Rev. Jim Kudilil. Interment 
at Kern Valley Cemetery. Mrs. 
Adam died Saturday, August 
9, 1997, at Kern Valley Hospi- 
tal. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Leo, of Lake Isabella; 
and their nine children: Alan 
Adam of Lakewood, Califor- 
nia; Alice Young of Topeka, 
Kansas; Lois Helland of Rice, 
Minnesota; Joyce Burlog of 
Sioux Falls, South Dakota; 
Evelyn McCollough of 
Kirkland, Washington; Tom 
Adam of East Grand Forks, 
Minnesota; Mary Herbald of 
Bellflower, California; Tim 
Adam of Gulfport, Mississippi; 
and Jim Adam of Tupelo, Okla- 
homa. 

Mrs. Adam is also survived 
by one brother, Joe Haugen, 
of Ventura, California; three 
sisters: Jeanette Nelson of 
South Dakota; Ruth Brennaof 
Washington; and Maida Olson 
of Stockton, California; 21 
grandchildren and 17 great- 
grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death 
by one sister and two grand- 
children. 



Irene was born July 17, 
1914, in North Dakota and 
moved to Bellflower, Califor- 
nia, in 1965 and to Lake Isa- 
bella in 1981. She was active 
in Grandmother's Club #94, 
St. Jude's Altar Society and 

the Women of the Moose. 

Jack Marlyn 
Barnes 

Jack Marlyn Barnes, age 77, 
passed away in his Kern Val- 
ley home, after battling a long 
illness, on August 5, 1997. He 
was born on July 7, 1 920, in 
Pennsylvania. 

He is survived by his de- 
voted wife, Delma, of 42 years; 
his sons. Jack of Canton, Ohio; 
Barry of Los Angeles; his 
daughters, Bonnie Harper of 
Wofford Heights; and Brenda 
Radmacher of Van Nuys; and 
11 grandchildren. 

Jack was a U.S. Navy Vet- 
eran who served his country 
for nearly 1 5 years, serving in 
both World War II and the Ko- 
rean War. 

Graveside services were 
held Friday, August 8, 1 997, at 
11:00 a.m. at the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery. Hewaslpved 
and will be greatly missed. 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 

Gustave B. Cox 

Funeral services were held 
Saturday, August 16, 1997, at 
1 :00 p.m. at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel for Gustave B. Cox. 
Officiating was Pastor John 
Carpenter of the Kernville 
Methodist Church. 

Gus was born September 8, 
1905 in Venice, Illinois, and 
passed away August 11,1 997, 
in Ridgecrest. He was 91 years 
of age. 



He worked as a production 
control manager until his re- 
tirement in 1 978, at which time 
he moved to the Kern River 
Valley. 

Gus is survived by his wife 
of 59 years, Florence; daugh- 
ter and son-in-law, Jim and 
Diane Childers, of Ridgecrest; 
granddaughters, Michelle 
Honeycut, of Acempo, Califor- 
nia; Alesa Nelson, of Astoria, 
Oregon; and Julie Greenwood, 
of Rosamond, California; and 
eight great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Ruby Christina 
Brennan 

A memorial service was held 
Friday, August 8, 1 997, at 1 :00 
p.m. at Highland Chapel United 
Methodist Church in Lake Isa- 
bella, for Ruby Christina 
Brennan. Officiating was Pas- 
tor Floyd Castillo. Graveside 
services were Saturday, Au- 
gust 1 6, 1 997, at 1 1 :00 a.m. at 
Riverside National Cemetery. 
Ruby was born July 28, 1919 
in Liberal, Kansas and passed 
away August 6, 1997, at her 
home in Bodfish. 

She has been a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for 10 
years, and a member of High- 
land Chapel United Methodist 
Church and the Ladies of the 
Moose and VFW and the Pink 
Ladies and the Beamers. She 
enjoyed crafts and traveling 
with the Beamers. 

She was preceded in death 
by her husband Harry, and son 
Ed Cunningham. She is sur- 
vived by her daughter-in-law, 
Lisa Cunningham, and grand- 
son, Kurt Cunningham, of Los 
Angeles; brothers, Harold 
Goodhart, of Kansas, and 
Dean Goodhart, of Arkansas' 
and sister, Lottie McVey. of 
Arkansas. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
may be made to cancer re- 
search or Kern Hospice. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, August 20, 1997 



Ruth B. Steele 

Private services were held 
for Ruth B. Steele who passed 
away on August 2, 1997, in 
Wofford Heights. Born in Mt. 
Pelier, Indiana, on Decennber 
23, 1912, to John and Eva 
Buckland. 

She worked in various mar- 
kets and retail grocery outlets 
as a checker for many years, 
before coming to California. 

Ruth loved the valley and all 
the friends she had made over 
the years, especially Kenneth 
Pitts, who not only was her 
companion, but caregiver, 
nurse, and best friend. She will 
be greatly missed by all whose 
lives she touched. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Arthur G. Werner 

Graveside services were 
held Friday, August 15, 1997, 
at 1 0:00 a.m. at the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery for Arthur G. 
Werner. Officiating was Pas- 
tor Chuck Semonious of the 
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran 
Church. Mr. Werner was born 
February 26, 1930, in Los An- 
geles and passed away Au- 
gust 12, 1997, in Mt. Mesa. 

He worked for the Pacific 
Telephone and Telegraph for 
30 years before retiring. He 
had been a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for six years and 
was vice-president of the His- 
torical Society. He loved boat- 
ing, fishing, camping and pho- 
tography. 

Mr. Werner is survived by 
his wife of 45 years, Shirley; 
four children, Linda, Alan, Deb- 
bie and Valarie; eight grand- 
children, Jeffrey, Michele, 
Jamie, Nicole, Tessa, 
Johanna, Jennifer and Eric; 
also a sister, Ruth Falck. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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57 



William Watson 
Downie 

On August 20, 1997, Mr. 
William Watson Downie, age 
77, passed away at his resi- 
dence in Southlake. Funeral 
services were held for Mr. 
Downie on August 25, 1 997, at 
10:00 a.m. at the Kernville 
Masonic Lodge #827. William 
Turner was the Funeral Mas- 
ter and Peter Nyhuis was the 
officiating chaplain. He then 
was interred at the Los Ange- 
les National Cemetery (near 
the Old Soldier's Home at 
Sawtelle), Los Angeles, Cali- 
fornia. 

William Watson Downie was 
txjrn in Scotland and later came 
10 the United States and be- 
came a U.S. citizen. Mr. 
Downie served in the United 
States Navy during World War 
II, and was then honorably dis- 
charged in April of 1946. He 
was a Journeyman plumber 
working for Union Local &78. 
Later, he met and married his 
wife, Shirley Gladys Downie, 
and in 1 976, they moved to the 
Kern River Valley, then resid- 
ing in Southlake. 

William Downie is survived 
by his wife Shirley of Lake Isa- 
bella; and a sister, Mildred 
Millstead of Garden Grove, 
California. He has several 
nieces and nephews through- 
out California; Robert of 
Rancho Cucamonga, Califor- 
nia, and Gary Schultz of Gar- 
den Grove, California; also 
Christopher, Taylor Leigh, and 
Norman. He is also survived 
by his aunt and uncle, Duncan 
and Neda Downie of Mountain 
Mesa. William will be truly 
missed by all those for whom 
he cared and who cared for 
him. 

Funeral services arranged 
by the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home. 



Gary Allen Freier 

Gary Allen Freier, age 43, 
resident of Wofford Heights, 
died on Monday, August 18, 
1997. He suffered a cardiac 
arrest, secondary to long- 
standing liver disease. 

He was born on June 1, 
1 954, in Inglewood, California, 
to Arthur and Irene Freier. He 
spent his childhood in the 
Sough Bay Area and most of 
his adult life in and around 
Portland, Oregon, where he 
worked in the logging industry 
for many years. He returned to 
California in 1986. 

Gary was preceded in death 
by his mother Irene and father 
Art Freier. He is survived by 
his only son, Ruben Arthur of 
Portland, Oregon; his sister, 
Elaine Cox of Anaheim, Cali- 
fornia; brother Martin Freier of 
Agua Dulce, California; and 
sister Stacey DiRezze of 
Gardena, California. His step- 
mother, Lois Freier, resides in 
Wofford Heights. 

At Gary's request, no formal 
funeral was held but a memo- 
rial service will be held at a 
later date. His remains will be 
buried and a marker placed 
near his parent's graves in Kern 
Valley Cemetery. 

Gary will be remembered 
for his great sense of humor 
and excellent story telling skills. 
Gary lived his life simply, with 
a few material items. He never 
lied about who he was and 
lived life on his terms. He will 
be missed. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. . 



Alice L. Yagar 

Funeral services were held 
Friday, August 22, 1997, at 
10:00 a.m. at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel fdr Alice L. Yager. Of- 
ficiating was Pastor John Car- 
penter of the Kernville United 
Church. 

Alice was born February 27, 
1917, in Bangs, Texas, and 
passed away August 1 9, 1 997, 
in Mt. Mesa after a long illness. 
She was preceded in death by 
her husband Jack in 1 990, and 
her daughter Jean Beaumont 
in 1995. 

She did ranching for many 
years emd then when she mar- 
ried Jack he was in the Air 
Force. She attended the Kern- 
ville Methodist Church before 
becoming ill. 

She is survived by her two 
sons, Dan Caussey of New 
Mexico, and Charles Caussey 
of Lake Isabella; seven grand- 
children; one great-grandchild; 
and her sister, Louise Wallace. 

Interment was at Kern River 
Valley Cemetery. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday, September 3, 1997 ^ 



Thomas A. Kaser 

A memorial service will be 
held at a later date for Thomas 
A. "Pappy" Kaser, age 83, of 
Santa Maria. Cremation was 
requested with private 
inurnment at a later date. 

He died of natural causes 
on August 12, 1997, at a local 
convalescent center. 

Mr. Kaser was born June 4, 
1914, in Indiana. 

He was a resident of Santa 
Maria since 1985. Mr. Kaser 
worked in the aircraft industry 
for more than 45 years, last 
with Air Research Manufac- 
turing in Torrance. He was 
active in local charities. 

Thomas was also a resident 
of Southlake from 1 977 to 1 990 
when he and his wife moved to 
Santa Maria. He is remem- 
bered for his community ser- 
vice as president of the local 
Eagles and president of the 
Southlake Property Owners 
Association. 

Survivors include his wife 
Vida Kaser of Santa Maria; 
brothers George Kaser of 
Redondo Beach, and Chuck 
Kaser of Norwalk; sisters Mary 
Gritton, and Eleanor Gritton of 
Lake Isabella; three daughters; 
eight grandchildren; five great- 
grandchildren and three great- 
great-grandchildren. 

Memorial contributions may 
be made to the American Can- 
cer Society, 104A E. Boone 
St., Santa Maria, CA 93454. 

Arrangements are under the 
direction of Dudley-Hoffman 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday , September 10, 1997 



Wilhelmina Mae 
Cimo 

Wilhelmina Mae Cimo was 
born Wilhelmina Mae Meinders 
on July 9, 1913, in Goodell, 
Iowa, to immigrant parents, 
Jenny Greenlander Meinders 
and Henry Meinders from 
Hanover, Germany. Her early 
years were spent as the eighth 
child of nine children in a Ger- 
man-speaking community of 
immigrant farmers. At age 10 
with the death of her mother, a 
maiden aunt Libby, who was a 
school teacher and recently 
married to a Presbyterian min- 
ister, John Meinders, took 
Wilhelmina and two of her 
cousins in and raised the three 
girls as their own daughters in 
Auburn, Kansas. 

After high school, 
Wilhelmina attended nursing 
school in Emporia, Kansas. 
Her adventuresome spirit 
brought her to Los Angeles 
during the war years where 
she met and married George 
Albert Wise. She bore three 
natural children: Larry Wise of 
Cogswell, North Dakota; Judy 
Wise and Lois Wise, of San 
Diego; and after 19 years of 
marriage she sadly said 
goodbye to George before his 
travel to meet his Savior in 

heaven. 
Three years later Willa-Mae 

married Earle Lloyd Cleveland 
and took to her heart three 
more children as her own, 
Lester Cleveland of Indio; 
Doug Cleveland of Napa; and 
Sheryl Cleveland , of 
Piacerville, California. Having 
29 wonderful years of marriage 
she also released Earle into 
the loving hands of Jesus. 

Then a wonderful thing hap- 
pened and she was able to call 
a friend John Cimo husband 
and have four joyful years of 
marriage. It is with sadness 
that we all said a quick goodbye 
on August 28, 1997. At the age 
of 84, we thought we had many 



Wilhelmina was known for her 
big heart, kindness to every- 
one and a listening ear. So we, 
a loving husband, six children, 
1 9 grandchildren and 1 6 great- 
qrandchildren say a loving but 
iad farewell with thankfu 
hearts for her unconditional 
love and true Christian spirit. 
She will be missed 



Wilhelmina, a resident of Mt. 
Mesa for 24 years, retired from 
Kern Valley Hospital. She was 
active in her church, Assembly 
of God - Kern Valley in Wof- 
f ord Heights , where she played 

the piano. 

— girvices were held Septem- 
ber 2, 1997, at the Assembly 
of God - Kern Valley, in Wof- 
ford Heights. Officiating was 
Rev Bob Coy. Burial followed 
at the Fairhaven Cemetery in 
Tustin, California. 

"1 have finished the course; 

I have reached my goal. My 
reward is being with Jesus. My 
hope is you will be joining me 
when your course is corTi- 
Dleted. For me to live is Christ 
andtodieisgain."-Philippian5 

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Emil Reinhard 

Emil Reinhard, aged 88 
years, died September 2, 1 997, 
in a Bakersfield hospital. He 
was a late resident of Bakers- 
field and a former longtime 
resident of Onyx. He was last 
employed as a heavy duty 
mechanic last working for 
Harvey Aluminum. He was 
born in Adams, Winconsin. 

Mr. Reinhard's survivors in- 
clude his wife, Reahn 
Reinhard, of Bakersfield; son, 
Raymond Knight, of Cardiff By 
The Sea, California; son, Ken- 
neth Knight, of Palmdale; 13 
grandchildren and four great- 
grandchildren. He is also sur- 
vived by his sister, Marie Elliott, 
of Bakersfield; brother, Eugene 
Reinhard, of Phoenix, Arizona; 
brother, Sam Reinhard, of Min- 
nesota; and sister Rosie 
Morganroth, of Ventura. 

Private services and inter- 
ment are under the direction of 
Bakersfield Family Funeral 
Directors. 



Theron S. Cody 

Theron S. Cody, loving hus- 
band of Elizabeth Dahlia Cody, 
was born in Stockton, Califor- 
nia on February 11, 1910 and 
died September 4, 1997 in 
Bakersfield. 

Mr. Cody, a resident of the 
Kern Valley for 15 years, was 
active in the Kern River Valley 
Historical Society for 1 2 years. 
He loved the beauty of the 
Kern River and the Piute Moun- 
tains and had fished and hiked 
in the area his whole life. 

Theron Cody is survived by 
his wife, Elizabeth; his chil- 
dren, Sharon E. Walters and 
Marilyn A. Jensen of Newport 
Beach, California; and his son, 
Theron S. Cody, Jr., of 
Compton, California. 

A memorial service was held 
Sunday, September 7, 1997, 
at St. Peter's Episcopal Church 
in Kernville. 



Wednesday, September 10, 199" 



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Florence 
Virginia Cox 

Services in the Rose Gar- 
den at Kern River Valley Cem- 
etery will be held Saturday, 
September 13, 1997 at 1:00 
p.m. for Florence V. Cox, a 
longtime resident of Kernville 
who passed away September 
2, 1 997 in Ridgecrest. Florence 
was born December 10, 1914 
in St. Louis, Missouri. 

She worked at the Woodrow 
Wallace Elementary School 
Cafeteria prior to her retire- 
ment in 1978. 

Florence was preceded in 
death by her husband of 59 
years, Gustave B. Cox. She is 
survived by her daughter and 
son-in-law, Diane and Jim 
Childers of Inyokern; grand- 
daughters, Michelle 
Honeycutt, of Acampo, Cali- 
fornia; Alesa Nelson of Astoria, 
Oregon; and Julie Greenwood 
of Rosamond, California; and 
eight great-grandchildren. 

• Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Charles Ezra 
Deane 

Private arrangements were 
made for Charles Ezra Deane 
who passed away September 
2, 1997 in Mt. Mesa. Chuck 
was born May 2, 1931 in New 
York and served in the U.S. 
Army from 1 947 to 1 950 and 
was a lifetime member of the 
VFW. 

He has been a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for the 
past seven years. He enjoyed 
fishing and camping. 

Memorial services will be 
held Wednesday, September 
10, 1997, at 10 a.m. at the 
VFW Post #7765. 

Chuck is survived by his wife 
of 38 years, Joyce Deane, of 
Lake Isabella; daughters, 
Christina Parrish of Florida; 
and Bonnie Vlachos of Lake 
Isabella; son John Mancinelli 
of Bodfish; four grandchildren 
and two great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wayne Edward 
Enyeart 

Wayne was born in Lead, 
South Dakota on January 10, 
1926 and passed away early 
in the morning on August 26, 
1997 of an extended illness. 

He was a veteran of both 
World War II and the Korean 
War. 

Wayne was an electronics 
technician and earned his liv- 
ing in the field of television 
repair until his retirement. He 
moved to the Kern River Val- 
ley in 1 979 from the Los Ange- 
les area and loved this area. 
He found new friends though 
his occupation and his partici- 
pation in the computer group 
and the Kern River Valley Se- 
niors. 

He is survived by his sister, 
Arline Walters, of Lake Isa- 
bella; his nephew, Jerry 
Walters, and family of El 
Segundo, California; and 
niece, Sheri Rice, and family 
of Chehalis, Washington, and 
numerous cousins. 

Interment will be in River- 
side National Cemetery in Riv- 
erside, California. Memorial 
services are being planned for 
a later date. 



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Denamica "Mica " 

Rebbeca 

Duniphin 

A private memorial service 
was held Friday, September 
19, 1997, at 11:00 a.m. at the 
Highland Chapel United Meth- 
odist Church in Lake Isabella 
for three-year-old Mica 
Duniphin, who passed away 
on September 12, 1997, in 
Lake Isabella. She was born 
November 11,1 993, in Bakers- 
field. 

Mica is survived by her 
mother, Christina Duniphin, of 
Lake Isabella; grandparents, 
Pat and Joe Bernal, of Lake 
Isabella; uncle, Michael 
DurHphin;5reat-grandparents, 
Mumsy-andfeaftMrafLiTfler? and 
godparents, Bonnie and 
George Vlachos. 

"Mica, we love you. You are 
our little angel." 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday, September 24, 1997 



Ira C. Rucker 

Graveside services were 
held at Kern Valley Cemetery 
on September 1 9, 1 997, for Ira 
C. Rucker, age 79. He was 
born May 1 7, 1 91 8, in Bastrop, 
Texas and passed away on 
September 16, 1997. 

Mr. Rucker was a retired 
policeman from the Los Ange- 
les Police Department and 
moved to Weldon in 1977 
where he became a member 
of the VFW, American Legion, 
Moose Lodge, and the Retired 
Police Officers Association. 

He is survived by his wife of 
13 years, Norma; daughters 
Jean Goodwine and Joan 
Chochon; stepsons Ken 
Hooper and Clifford Hooper; ■ 
as well as five grandchildren, 
Kristi, Karen, Kelly, Kim and 
David; and one great-grand- 
chikj. Jack. 

"Arrangements by the N&p- 
tune Society. 



Elmer Edward 
Martin 

Memorial services were held 
Thursday, September 11, 
1 997, at 1 1 :00 a.m. at the Kern 
River Valley Seventh Day 
Adventist Church for Elmer 
Edward Martin. Officiating was 
Pastor Daniel Beionio. Elmer 
was born October 14, 1914 in 
Lake City, Arkansas and 
passed away September 8, 
1997 in Bakersfield. 

He was in the Navy during 
World War 11 and worked in the 
oil fields as a driller in and 
around Bakersfield for 35 
years. He was past com- 
. mander in the VFW and en- 
joyed fishing and hunting. He 
was a member in good stand- 
ing of the Kern River Valley 
Seventh Day Adventist 
Church. — _--- — 

Elmer is survived by his wife 
of 41 years, Evelyn Martin; and 
sons, Robert Combs of Ari- 
zona; and Owen Combs of 
Texas; daughter Ellen Maria 
of Pennsylvania; and six grand- 
children. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Anna Lucille 
Kelley 

Memorial services were held 
Saturday, September 20, 
1 997, at 1 -.00 p.m. at the High- 
land Chapel United Methodist 
Church for Anna LucilleKelley. 
Officiating was Pastor Floyd 
Castillo. Intermentwas at Kern 
River Valley Cemetery. Anna 
was born January 5, 1912 in 
Butterville, Arkansas and 
passed away on September 
15, 1997 in Mt. Mesa. 

She was a member of the 
Mountain Airs and the CB'ers. 
She also was a member of the 
Highland Chapel Methodist 
Church. 

Anna was preceded in death 
by her son. Bob. She is sur- 
vived by her husband of 67 
years, Pittman Kelley, of Lake 
Isabella; son, Bud Kelley, of 
Downey, California; brothers. 
Homer Jackson, of Hemet, 
California; Ralph Jackson, of 
Tehachapi; and Maurice Jack- 
son of Arkansas; and sister, 
Clarrice Campbell, of Ken- 
tucky. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday, September 24, 1997 



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Pauline Elaine 
"PollY" Turner 

Polly died early this week at 
her home in Burbank. She was 
born to John and Evelyn 
Youngs Bylsma on January 1 4, 
1932 ig Imperial VaUey, Cali- 
fornia. 

She grew up in the Imperial 
Valley where she married 
Milton Hamm on October 1, 
1950. They were later di- 
vorced. She was briefly mar- 
ried to James Turner in 1 964. 
She earned a Bachelor De- 
gree in Business Administra- 
tion from National University 
in 1981, Magna cum laude. 
She worked in the title busi- 
ness jn San Diego and Los 
Angeles. She retiredfrorrrCRP" 
cago Title Company in March 
of 1 996 and continued to work 
for them on a contract basis 
until her death. She traveled 
the world, spending extended 
time in Europe and Australia 
and taking many shorter trips. 
She was active in the Vallejo 
Drive Seventh Day Adventist 
Church in Glendale for a num- 
ber of years. Her service was 
held there on Monday, Sep- 
tember 15, 1997, at 1:00 p.m. 
Polly is survived by her chil- 
dren, John Hamm and wife 
Johnnie of Fairfield, Califor- 
nia; Leslie Stewart and hus- 
band Bruce; and Dale Hamm 
and wife Billie, all of Lake Isa- 
bella; nine grandchildren; five 
great-grandchildren; sisters, 
Marjorie and Don Roggio of 
Lancaster, Pennsylvania; and 
Mae and Bob Hunter of 
Emmett, Idaho; uncles, Herbert 
and Mae Youngs of Los Ange- ~ 
les; and Leonard and Virginia 
Youngs of Berry Creek, Cali- 
fornia; several nieces and 
nephews and cousins. She 
was preceded in death by her 
parents and a sister, Mary 
Bylsma. Polly will be greatly 
missed by all of us. 




Amanda Nichole 
Kuhar 

Services were held Thurs- 
day. September 17, 1997 at 
11 a.m. at Shepherd of the 
Hills Lutheran Church in Lake 
Isabella for Amanda Nichole 
Kuhar. Pastor Chuck 
Simonson officiated the ser- 
vice both at the church and the 
graveside committal following. 

She is survived by her par- 
ents, Mark and Lorena Kuhar; 
sister, Elizabeth; stepsister, 
Cristi Bachman; grandparents, 
Darwin and Jane Rogers, and 
Linda and Steve Kuhar. She is 
also survived by her godpar- 
ents, Lisa Goodman and Todd 
Kuhar. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Carl William 
Schipp 

A memorial service was held 
Thursday, September 1 1 , 1 997 
at 1 1 :00 a.m. at Valley Mortu- 
ary Chapel for Carl William 
Schipp. Officating was Pastor 
Chuck Semonious of the Shep- 
herd of the Hills Lutheran 
Church. 

Mr. Schipp was born in New 
York City, New York on De- 
cember 10, 1915 and passed 
away in Lake Isabella on Sep- 
tember 7, 1997. He was in the 
Navy for 12 years and a flight 
engineer and purchasing agent 
during his long career in avia- 
tion. He was a member of the 
Aviation Pioneers. He also 
enjoyed collecting gem stones 
and gold mining and traveling. 
He was preceded in death 
by his former wife, Helen. He 
is survived by his wife of 10 
years, Margaret, of Lake Isa- 
bella; his loving daughter and 
son-in-law, Marilyn and Leigh 
Kleven, of Exeter, California; 
and daughter and son-in-law, 
Darcie and Dana Moody, of 
Seaport, Maine; and grand- 
daughters, Lisa Kleven, of 
Exeter; and Dory Larabee, of 
Maine; and his loyal partner, 
John Sullivan, and many 
friends. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, October 1, 1997 



Richard "Papa" 
Allen Force 

Memorial services were held 
at the Mish Funeral Home, 1 20 
MinnerAve., Bakersfield, Cali- 
fornia, at 1 0:00 a.m. Saturday, 
September27, 1 997, officiated 
by Reverend Keith Fulce of 
the Chester Avenue Baptist 
Church. On Friday, Septem- 
ber 29th, Papa joined his son 
Rossi T. Force, who preceded 
him in death in 1978. 

Papa was t>orn in Bakersfield 
on March 20, 1 925 and attended 
local schools. He met his wife 
Norma in 1 946 and manied two 
years later. Papa and Norma 
celebrated 49 einniversaries to- 
gether. Papa was a carpenter 
ror 39 years. After retirement he 
built their home in Lake Isabella, 
where he and Norma spent the 
last 1 7 years. Papa was also a 
veteran of the Merchant Ma- 
rines. Papa was a loving hus- 
band, father, brother, grandfa- 
ther and great grandfaSier. His 
happiest moments were with his 
family, on his motorcycle or in 
the mountains which he cher- 
ished so dearly. 

Papa is survived by his wife 
Norma Force; son and daugh- 
ter-in-law Mark and Carta 
Force; daughter Cheryl Lind- 
say; sister and brother-in-law, 
Shirley and Oliver Rostain; six 
grandchildren; four great 
grandchildren; and two more 
great-grandchildren enroute. 
Papa was dearly loved and will 
be missed greatly. 



Honorary Pallbearers: Oliver 
Rostain, Bill Kinney, Terril Efird, 
Inwin Efird, and John Askew. 
Pallbearers: Jim Clark, Mark 
Force, David Lindsay, Cecil 
Moreland, Andy Benson, and 
Bill Luker. In lieu of flowers, the 
family requests memorigil dona- 
tions be made to the Heart Fund 
and the Lung Association. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Harry Burton 
Armstrong 

Funeral services were held 
Thursday, September25, 1 997, 
at 1 1 :00 a.m. at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel for Harry Burton 
Armstrong. Officiating was Pas-; 
tor Deryl Lackey of Mt. View 
Southern BaptiST Church. 

Harry was born May 13, 
1897 in Bellevue, Nebraska 
and passed away in Mt. Mesa 
on September 21 , 1 997 after a 
short illness. Mr. Armstrong 
came west for the second time 
in the 1 930's and was involved 
in construction and built the 
Topper Motel in Bakersfield 
and others in Los Angeles and 
in Mexico. He married his wife 
Viola in 1 946, and also founded 
the Armstrong/Flint Helicopter 
Co. located in the San 
Fernando Valley. That com- 



pany later expanded to World 
Wide Helicopters and Mr. 
Armstrong was the Chairman 
of the Board. That company 
later became World Wide Lim- 
ited in the 1970's and up until 
his passing he was still chair- 
man of the Board. He was a 
true pioneer in the helicopter 
industry. He was recently rec- 
ognized and honored for his 
achievements in this field at 
the Rose Bowl on August 5th. 
He was the one who initiated 
and helped develop the Los 
Angeles County Sheriffs Aero- 
Squadron on August 5, 1 947. 

Harry and Viola moved to 
the Kern River Valley in 1969 
and for the first six to eight 
years showed Quarter Horses. 
He was also a 32nd Degree 
Mason. He was preceded in 
death by his wife Viola in 1 994. 

He is survived by his son 
and daughter-in-law. Brad and 
Judy Armstrong of Lake Isa- 
bella; three grandchildren 
Christopher, Stephanie, and 
Brandon; sister-in-law Gene 
Ackerman; brother-in-law and 
wife Bud and Ruth Chapman 
of Huntington Beach; and 
nephew & wife Howard and 
Betty Overmier. He will be 
greatly missed. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, October 1, 1997 




Amanda Nichole 
Kuhar 

Services were held Thurs- 
day, September 17, 1997 at 
11 a.m. at Shepherd of the 
Hills Lutheran Church in Lake 
Isabella for Amanda Nichole 
Kuhar. Pastor Chuck 
Simonson officiated the ser- 
vice both at the church and the 
graveside committal following. 

She is survived by her par- 
ents, Mark and Lorna Kuhar; 
sister, Elizabeth; stepsister, 
Cristi Bachman; grandparents, 
Dan/vin and Jane Rogers, and 
Linda and Steve Kuhar. She is 
also survived by her godpar- 
ents, Lisa Goodman and Todd 



Kuhar. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Harald Herman 
Hartwig 

A memorial service will be 
hekJ Saturday, October 4, 1997 
at 1 1 :00 a.m. at the Shepherd Of 
the Hills Lutheran Church in Lake 
Isabella for Harald Herman 
Hartwig. Officiating will be Pas- 
tor Chuck Semonious. 

Harold was born October 
1 4, 1 924 in White Plains, New 
York, and passed away Sep- 
tember 25, 1997 in Mt. Mesa, 
California. He was a resident 
of the Kern River Valley for 1 1 
years. He was in the Navy dur- 
ing WWII and the Air Force 
during the Korean War. He was 
a member of the Elks and the 
Rod and Gun Club. Harold was 
in Aerospace as a Mechanical 
Engineer for over 20 years. He 
was talented in art as well as 
engineering. He liked to fish 
and play bridge. 

He is survived by his wife of 
50 years, Mary Eleanor 
Hartwig; sons David Hartwig 
of Lake Forest, California, and 
Timothy Hartwig of Bakersfield; 
and daughter Amy Brooks of 
Riverkern. 

Arrangements by Valley 



Mortuary. 

lvalue Jaensen 

Memorial services will be 
held at a future date at the 
Kernville Baptist Church. 
Officating will be Pastor Rich- 
ard Lewis for lvalue Jaensen. 

Mrs. Jaensen was born Sep- 
tember 1 7, 1 920 in Indiana and 
passed away September 23, 
1997 in Bakersfield. She was 
a member of the Kernville Bap- 
tist Church and enjoyed doing 
crafts. 

She is survived by her son 
and daughter-in-law, Raymond 
and Kathleen Jaensen of Kern- 
ville; dauqhter Velna Lin 
Wulstein of Kernville; grand- 
son & wife Warren and Wendy 
Wulstein of Kernville; grand- 
daughter Allison Jaensen of 
Kernville; and grandson & wife 
Weldon & Dawnell Wulstein of 
So. Lake Tahoe; and great 
grandchild Devon Wulstein of 
So. Lake Tahoe. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Octobers, 1997 



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Craig Paul 
Forshee 

Services were held Friday, 
October 3, 1997 at 11 a.m. at 
the Highland Chapel United 
Methodist Church for Craig Paul 
Forshee. He was born June 27, 
1 974 in Hacienda Heights, Cali- 
fornia, to Craig and Nancy 
Forshee and passed away on 
September 29, 1 997 in Bakers- 
field. 

The family moved to Alta 
Loma for about four years and 
then moved to the Kern River 
Valley in 1981 where they lived 
jn. different plaaes around the 
valley until settling in their 
present home in Lake Isabella. 
Craig attended Kernville El- 
ementary, Woodrow Wallace 
and graduated from Kern Valley 
High School in 1993. While in 
school, he was very involved in 
the Ag Program, with the dream 
of someday owning a pig farm. 
He earned many honors. His 
second passion was motor- 
cycles, especially Harley s. 

After graduation, he immedi- 
ately enlisted in the U.S. Navy. 
After bootcamp in San Diego, 
he was assigned to Keyport, 
Washington, to the Nuclear Sub- 
marine Base. He excelled in the 
Navy, earning many awards, 
including the Navy Achievement 
Medal. 

Craig's favorite pastimes 
were tinkering in the garage with 
his dad on various projects such 
as motorcycles, sand rails, cars, 
riding his three-wheeler through 
the sand dunes at Pismo Beach 
and Glamis, and spending time 
with family and his many good 
friends. 

Cr^ig is survived by his fa- 
ther, Craig Forshee of Lake Isa- 
bella; his mother Nancy of Las 
Vegas; his older sister Sherri 
Jones and her husband Rich- 
ard, their child Shelby of Las 
Vegas; and his younger sister 



Robin Ryan and her husBahd 
Robert of Bodfish. He is also 
survived by his grandparents 
Lester and Margaret Forshee of 
Onyx and grandmother 
Elisabeth Lloyd of Hacienda 
Heights; his Aunt Lori and her 
husband Paul Larson; and Aunt 
Terri and her husband Gary 
Simpson. He is also survived by 
his many friends. 

Arrangements by Valley Mor- 
tuary. 



Ronald Louis 
Luntz 

Ronald Louis Luntz, age 34, 
passed away in Mira Loma, 
California, on September 23. 
1997. Funeral services were 
held Friday, September 26, 
1997 at 1 p.m. Interment was 
at Crestlawn Memorial Park in 
Riverside. 

He graduated from Kern 
Valley High School. 

Survivors include his wife 
Linda Maria Plum Quigley 
Luntz; his sons Daniel and 
Jason Luntz and Ray Plum 
Luntz; his parents Larry and 
JoAnne Louis Luntz; and his 
brothers Jeff and Bryan Luntz. 



Margaret JoAnne 
Miles 

Remembered as. a loving 
and giving wife, mother and 
grandmother, Margaret 
JoAnne Lunenschloss Miles 
passed away on September 
- 23, 1997, in Bakersfield. Born 
February 1 9, 1 91 9, in Richland 
Center, Wisconsin, Margaret 
spent most of her life in Eagle 
Rock, California, where she 
was active in family, church, 
school and community en- 
deavors. After retiring from 
Security National Bank in 1 982, 
Margaret moved to her beloved 
Kern River Valley where she 
enjoyed gardening and attend- 
ing her grandchildren. 

Preceded in death by hus- 
band Howard Marion Miles II 
and son Patrick Clancy, she is 
survived by her children David 
McDonald Miles, Juanita M. 
Finkenberg, Maureen E. 
Colson, Howard M. Miles III, 
and Sarah M. Miles; grand- 
children Terry and Devin Miles, 
Wyatt Merry, Brian Dotson, 
Pat, Chris, Heather and Aaron 
Colson; sister Bridget Cerretto 
and her husband Leo; sister 
Mary Bunker; brother Ed 
Lunenschloss; sisters-in-law 
Betty Quinn and Dorothy 
Lunenschloss; and brother-in- 
law Norm Tibbits. Other rela- 
tives include Joyce 
Lunenschloss and numerous 
nieces and nephews. 

Margaret's remarkable posi- 
tive outlook of life will be dearly 
missed. Services were held at 
2 p.m., Saturday, September 
27. 1997, at Our Lady of Per- 
petual Help Catholic Church in 
Bakersfield. 



Wednesday, October 15, 1997 



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Dylan James 
Moore 

A Celebration of Life was 
held on October 13tfi, 1997 at 
Riverside Park in Kernville for 
Dylan James Moore who was 
called home on October 7th, 
1997. 

Dylan was born on Novem- 
ber 12th, 1993 in Anaheim, 
California, and leaves behind 
his parents Daryl and Andra 
Moore; his two brothers Jerrett 
and Ian; maternal grandfather 
Richard Marshall and wife Kay 
Marshall; maternal grand- 
mother Carol Marshall; pater- 
nal grandmother Dolores 
Moore; paternal great grand- 
mother Peggy Moore. He also 
leaves behind uncles and 
aunts Brent, Erin, Brian, 
Jeanne, Ann, Sam and Dale; 
cousins Ryann, Shane, Grant, 
Clay and Blake as well as nu- 
merous others whose lives he 
touched and forever changed 
for the better. 

Dylan, you will forever be a 
part of us and we love you 
beyond expression. Stay with 
us always "little man" and be 
our own special angel! 

To Those I Love and Those 
Who Love Me: 
When I am gone, release me, 
let me go, I have so many 
things to see and do. You 
musn't tie yourself to me with 
tears, be happy that we had so 
many years. 

I gave to you my love. You 
can only guess how much you 
gave to me in happiness. I 
thank you for the love you each 
have shown, But now it's time 
I traveled on alone. 

So grieve a while for me if 
grieve you must, then let your 
grief be comforted by trust. It's 
only for a while that we must 
part so bless the memories 



within your heart. 

I won't be far away, for life 
goes on, so if you need me, 
call and I will come. Though 
you can't see or touch me, I'll 
be near; and if you listen with 
your heart, you'll hear all my 
love around you, soft and 
clear 

And then, when you must 
come this way^ alone, I'll greet 
you with a srnile, and a 'Wel- 
come Home!" 

Marjorie S. Price 

A graveside service was 
held for Marjorie S. Price who 
passed away October 4th, 
1997 in El Cajon. California. 
Marjorie was born in Council 
Bluffs, Iowa to Elias and Erma 
Storm on December 25, 1 922. 
Marjorie never settled in one 
spot for too long and moved 
around the country, living in 
such places as Florida, Wash- 
ington D.C., different parts of 
Iowa, and then to California. 
While living in Washington 
D.C., she worked for the F.B.I., 
a job she was very proud of. 
She later met the love of her 
life, and on September 25, 
1954 in Las Vegas, Nevada, 
she married John Bruce Price. 



John and Marjorie loved the 
outdoors, they loved to camp, 
and even took their children 
with them shortly after they 
were born. Marjorie was a 
gentle soul, with a personality 
you never forgot. She will be 
greatly missed a forever loved 
by all whose lives she touched. 

Marjorie is survived by her 
daughter Elizabeth P.C. Wil- 
lows; and her husband Jef- 
frey, as well as their children 
Thomas and Cody of Imperial 
Beach, California. She is also 
survived by her son Thomas 
John Price and his wife 
Gabriela, of Petaluma, Cali- 
fornia. Marjorie was preceded 
in death by her husband John 
on August 6, 1978. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Mildred C. Long 

Born September 24, 1917, 
passed away October 5, 1 997. 

She will be greatly missed 
by her two brothers, two chil- 
dren, three grandchildren, one 
great grandchild, and her many 
friends in the valley. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Wednesday, October 22, 1997 



Alta JoAnn 
Grizzle 

Funeral services were held 
Saturday, October 18, 1997, 
at 1 1 :00 a.m. at the First Bap- 
tist Church of Lake Isabella for 
Alta JoAnn Grizzle who passed 
away October 11,1 997, at her 
home in Lake Isabella after a 
long illness. Officiating was 
Pastor Dave Snow. 

JoAnn was born June 25, 
1936, in Portland, Oregon, and 
lived in the Kern River Valley for 
seven years. She was a very 
giving pierson and her home was 
always open to everyone. She 
loved her family very much. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of 41 years, Bobby 
Grizzle; her son and daughter- 
in-law, Bobby and Victoria 
Grizzle, of Chino Hills, Califor- 
nia; and James and Kim 
Grizzle of Lake Elsinore, Cali- 
fornia; nine grandchildren; 
brother and sister-in-law, 
Ralph and f^/largaret Walters, 
of Oregon; Clyde and Sandy 
Walters, of Downey, Califor- 
nia; and sisters, Darlene and 
Gene Perkins of Lake Isabella; 
and Lillian Ames, also of Lake 

"^Arti^ngements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Willie Harrison 
Burgett 

A graveside service was 
heldforWillie Harrison Burgett 
on October 14, 1997, at the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery in 
Wofford Heights. Willie was 
born in Perkins, Oklahoma, on 
November 24, 1908, and 
passed away on October 7, 
1997, in Bakersfield. 

As a young man he worked 
throughout the Midwest in the 
oil fields, and moved to Califor- 
nia in 1960 where he was em- 
ployed as a painter for a major 
mobile home manufacturer. In 
1971, Willie retired to the town 
of Onyx in the Kern River Valley 
with his wife and stepson. From 
then until his passing, Willie did 
handyman work for many 
throughout the valley. 

Willie is survived by his wife, 
Mary, and stepson, Dennis, 
both of Onyx; stepdaughters, 
Barbara Gallion, of Santa 
Paula, California; and Dorothy 
Gates of New Mexico; daugh- 



ters, Morna Baker, Mina Tate, 
and Wilma Clark; and sons, 
Elmer Burgett, Harold Burgett 
and Bud Burgett; sister, Lucy 
Beningfield, all of Oklahoma; 
brother, Wilford Burgett of 
Colorado; and numerous 
nieces, nephews, grandchil- 
dren and great-grandchildren. 
He was preceded in death by 
his sister, Lilly. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Benjamin Myron 
Kidwell 

Benjamin Myron Kidwell 
was born in Dressier, Ohio on 
Decembers, 1 929, and passed 
away on October 1 5, 1 997 He 
was 67 years old. 

Benjamin retired from the 
Navy after spending 23 years of 
service. He moved to the valley 
in 1970 after spending many 
years visiting here hunting and 
fishing. He made many friends 
on his adventures hunting and 
fishing. He was a life member of 
theV.F.W., Disabled American 
Veterans and the Eagles. 

He is survived by his wife 
Margaret Kidwell, of Onyx; son 
7°^V^nd wife Carol 5f^ 
Modesto; Michelle and grand- 
son Sean; two sisters, Judy 
Cramer, of Defiance, Ohio; and 
Patricia Little of Roseburg 
Oregon; brother, Denzeli 
Kidwell, of Ohio; and many 
nieces and nephews, grand- 
nephew, and friends who are 
going to miss him dearly. 

Memorial services will be at 
;ne V.F.W. on October 27 
1 997, at 1 1 a.m. In lieu of flow- 
ers, donations to the Ameri- 
can Heart Association would 
be gr eatly appreciated. 



Wednesday, October 22, 1997 



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Rev. Arthur T. 
Lewis 

Rev. Arthur Thomas Lewis, 
age 91, of Filer, Idaho, died 
Thursday, October 2, 1997, at 
his home following an illness. 
Rev. Lewis was born August 
20, 1906, at Pinkstaff, Illinois, 
to John and Elizabeth Lewis. 

He was baptized and con- 
firmed in the Lutheran faith on 
June 17, 1928. He graduated 
from the high school in South 
St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1926. 
He attended Concordia 
Lutheran Theological Semi- 

■^naryTiiTSpringfield, Illinois, and Wayne Fischer of Campbell, 
graduated in June 1938. On California; and Glenn Fischer 



June 12, 1940, he married 
June Levenhagen of Tacoma, 
Washington, who preceded 
him in death in 1980. 

After graduation. Rev. Lewis 
served parishes in Longview, 
Tonasket, and Port Orchard, 
Washington; Eden and 
Jerome, Idaho; Pendleton, 
Hermiston, and Boardman, 
Oregon; and Lucerne, 
Clearlake Highlands, and Lake 
Isabella, California. He retired 
from the active ministry in 1 973, 
then served two congregations 
and assisted many more until 
his health failed in 1984. 

On November 28, 1 981 , he 
married Dorothy Fischer and 
moved to Filer, Idaho. He was 
a member of the Peace 
Lutheran Church in File. He 
was a past member of the Filer 
Kiwanis Club, serving as its 
president from 1 985 to 1 986. 

Rev. Lewis is survived by 
his wife, Dorothy, of Filer; three 
sons, Fred of Twin Falls, Idaho; 
David of Boardman, Oregon; 
and Michael of Sparks, Ne- 
vada; a daughter. Myrtle Pierce 
of Lake Isabella; two stepsons. 



of Pendleton, Oregon; 11 
grandchildren; seven step- 
grandchildren; six great-grand- 
children; and two step-great- 
grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death by 
his brother, Fred; his sisters, 
Marie and Ida; a stepson. Dean 
Fischer; and a granddaughter, 
Johanna Lewis Godfrey. 

A funeral service took place 
at 2 p.m. Monday, October 6, 
1 997, at the Peace Lutheran 
Church in Filer, Idaho, with 
Rev. Gary Benedix officiating. 
Burial followed at the Trinity 
Lutheran Church Cemetery 
near Eden, Idaho. 

The family suggests that 
memorial contributions be 
given to The Lutheran Hour or 
to the KTFI Immanuel Sunday 
Radio Broadcast. Memorials 
may be given to funeral chapel 
staff or mailed to Reynolds 
Funeral Chapel, 2466 Addison 
Ave. East, Twin Falls, Idaho, 
83301 ; or the Memorial Fund 
at Shepherd of the Hills 
Lutheran Church, where it will 
be used to enhance worship 
services locally. 



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Wi;i)Ni:si)AY, ()( roniK 29, 1997 



; Glenn A. Hoegee 

A memorial service was held 
I to celebrate the life of Glenn 
Hoegee at the Moose Lodge 
on October 1 8, 1 997. After a 
lengthy illness, he passed on 
to the big "CO" in the sky, 
October 1 4, 1 997, in Mt. Mesa, 
California. Glenn was born July 
4, 1922 in Sierra Madre, Cali- 
fornia. He was preceded in 
death by his daughter Glenna 
of New York in 1996. 

He is survived by his son 
Steve Hoegee of Aurora, Colo- 
rado; fiance Donna Harris of 
Lake Isabella; stepmother 
Lucille Hoegee of Sierra 
Madre; stepbrother Arnold 
Hoegee of Sierra Madre; cous- 
ins Hagel and Bud of So. Cali- 
fornia; nieces and nephews; 
and his good friend Wayne 

'■f'reed of Lake Isabella. 

Glenn served in the U.S. 
Navy from 1942-1945. He 
trained at the Naval Air Tech. 
Training Center, Chicago, Illi- 
nois, in Aircraft Engines at 
VF#1 Cecil Field, Florida, Sqdr. 
T#4NAS Jacksonville, Florida, 
N AS Astoria, Oregon , and NTC 
Great Lakes, Illinois. Glen ar- 
rived in our Kern Valley work- 
ing for Continental Telephone. 
He became known to many 
people of the valley as "Sing 
Sam the Telephone Man". He 
usually sang or whistled while 
he worked. He always took 
pride in his work and did it well. 
The telephone company used 
) his idea for a "post pay" tele- 
i phone inst. card here in the 
valley. He retired from the 
\ phonecompanyin 1981. Since 
' his retirement he enjoyed the 
Kern Valley Cruisers, 
Thunderbird Club, Horseshoe 
Club and the Bodfish Beamers. 
He was a longtime Moose 
> Lodge member and served as 



Jr. Governor in 1 993-1 994. He 
helped with a lot of repairs at 
the Moose Lodge. 

Officiating was Claude 
Eaton who read the eulogy. 
Loyal Order of the Moose 
American Veterans Organiza- 
tion. Arrangements were 
handled by Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. Burial will be pri- 
vate. Margaret Jones played 
on the piano the big band mu- 
sic that Glenn loved. The Har- 
ris and Hoegee families ap- 
preciate very much the time 
she gave to the farewell party. 
Thank you. 

The Harris and Hoegee 
families also want to thank Liz 
Hartman and Darlene for the 
beautiful catering job they did 
for the farewell party. A big 
Thank You' to everyone who 
was involved with the service. 
Glenn Hoegee will be remem- 
bered as "unforgettable". 

Remember Me With Love 

When times get tough as 
they often do 

Hold your head up, and push 
gallantly through. 

We had some hard times in 
our lives, by hey, they weren't 
that bad, 

This is a day to celebrate, 
not to be so sad. 

I'm only gone in body, my 
spirit soars above. 

Say good-bye, and walk 
away, and remember me with 
love. 

Tally Ho - The Fox 

Stanley Arlan 
Sicard 

Memorial services were held 
for Stanley on Wednesday, 
October 22, 1977, at 1PM at 
the Mountain View Baptist 
Church. Officiating was Pas- 
tor Darryl Lackey. Stanley 
passed away at his home on 



Sunday, October 19, after a 
short illness of cancer. 

Stanley was born in 
Somerset, Wisconsin on May 
23, 1928. He had lived here in 
the valley for about 7 years. 

He is survived by his wife 
Marie; four sons; two daugh- 
ters; and one stepson. Steven 
of Burleson, Texas and Cheri 
of Montana - all the rest here in 
California. Tom of Wildomar, 
Dan of Ontario, Bruce of Cool, 
Suzy Mahood of Anaheim and 
LeRoy Packham of Lake Isa- 
bella; several grandchildren 
and great grandchildren; two 
brothers, Ben Sicard of Min- 
nesota, and Harold Sicard of 
Seattle, Washington; and sis- 
ter Margaret of Minnesota. 

He and Marie had been 
married only 21 months. They 
resided in Mt. Mesa. He was 
cremated and his ashes are to 
be spread over the Rose Gar- 
den at Union Cemetery in 
Bakersfield. 



Wednesday, November 3, 1997 



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Gordon Harold 
Shay 

Funeral services for Mr. 
Gordon Harold Shay were con- 
ducted on Tuesday, October 
14, 1997. at the Rose Chapel 
in Lake Isabella, with Pastor 
Deryl Lackey of the Mountain 
View Southern Baptist Church 
officiating. The Veterans of 
Foreign Wars Post #7665 gave 
full military honors to Mr. Shay 
during the service. A graveside 
committal service was held 
following the services with 
Pastor Bert Simpson of the 
Mountain View Southern Bap- 
tist Church presiding at the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery in 
Wofford Heights. Mr. Shay was 
71 years old at the time of his 
passing. 

Gordon Shay was born on 
February 12, 1926, in Yale, 
Oklahoma, to his parents 

_A/ValteiLand ima^JkLthe turn of 
World War II, he entered the 
United States Navy where he 
proudly served his country. 
After the war, Gordon met Mary 
Louise Blevins, his future wife. 

The two were married on June 
11. 1949, In Shaffer, Califor- 

See OBITS on pageAlO 



Joan Margaret 
Kent 

Joan was born April 1 , 1 937 

in Monterey Park, California, 

,. and p assed, away October 24^ 

1997, in Bakersfieid. She was 

'a resident of the Kern River 

Valley for 20 years. 

She enjoyed horseback 
riding, crossword puzzles and 
was an avid reader. 

Joan is survived by her hus- 
band of 30 years. Art Kent, of 
Wofford Heights; son Paul 
Willis of Carson City, Nevada; 
and daughters, April Blevins 
ofWeldon, and Peggy Willis of 
Carson City, Nevada; brother 
Bill Forgie of Wofford Heights; 
sister Mary Ann Esparza of 
Scottsdale, Arizona; her 
mother, Leia D. Forgie, also of 
Scottsdale; two grandchildren 
and three great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wfdnesday, November 5. 1997 



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Jack Metro 
Pakulak 

A mass for Christian burial 
was said Friday, October 1 7, 
1997, at 1 1 a.m. at St. Jude's 
Parish Catholic Church in 
Wotford Heights for Jack Metro 
Pakulak Sr. of Lake Isabella. 
Officiating was Father Jim 
Kudilil of St. Jude's. Interment 
followed at the Kern River Val- 
ley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights. 

Jack was born August 5, 
1906 in Winnipeg, Canada, 
and died October 11,1 997, in 
Mt. Mesa. He was 91 years 
old . Jack was a crane operator 
for 30 years in the lumber in- 
dustry. After his retirement, he 
moved to Lake Isabella and 
enjoyed many years at his fa- 
vorite past time of fishing in the 
Kern River Valley. 

He was preceded in death 
by his wife, Stella, in 1 973. He 
is survived by his sons. Jack 
and Mary Pakulak Jr., of 
Ridgecrest; Robert and Sally 
Pakulak of Roseburg, Oregon; 
brothers Bill Pakulak of Eu- 
gene, Oregon; Steve Pakulak 
also of Eugene; sister Mary 
Pederson of Oregon; grand- 
children Eric Pakulak of Or- 
egon; John Pakulak of 
Windsor, California; Stella 
Renner of Oceanside, Califor- 
nia; James Pakulak also of 
Oceanside; Joe Pakulak of 
Corona Hills, California; 
Theresa Pakulak of Santa 
Rosa, California; Anne 
Pakulak of Petaluma, Califor- 
nia; great-grandchildren David 
Renner of Anaheim, Califor- 
nia; Melissa Pakulak of 
Oceanside; Nicholas Pakulak 
of Oceanside; Amy Pakulak of 
Ridgecrest; Demian Pakulak 
of Petaluma; and his very dear 
friend, Willa Mae Heinsohn, of 
Lake Isabella. 

Arrangements by Ridge- 
crest Mortuary. 



Margaret Watrous 

A memorial service was held 
Saturday, November 1, 1997, 
at 11 a.m. for Margaret Ethel 
Watrous, age 70, who died 
Sunday, October 26, 1997. 

The service was held at the 
Madera Kingdom Hall of 
Jehovah's Witnesses. Offici- 
ating was Jim Watrous. Inter- 
ment was at Arbor Vitae Cem- 
etery in Madera, California. 

Mrs. Watrous worked at the 
Madera County Federal Em- 
ployees Credit Union for 24 
years, from 1 968 until her re- 
tirement in 1992. 

A native of Long Branch, 
New Jersey, she lived in 
Madera for th^ past 37 years. 
She is survived by her hus- 
band of 50 years. William "Bill" 
of Madera; and her two sis- 
ters, Gwen and Bertha 
Lamphere of Connecticut. 

Mrs. Watrous' passing is 
also mourned by her children 
and their spouses, Margaret 
and Rady Hoskinson of 
Madera; Thomas and Leanne 
Watrous of Bodfish; Wayne 
and Shelah Watrous of Mt. 
Mesa; Andrew and Doreen 
Watrous of Biola, California; 
William and Debby Watrous of 
Clovis; James and Anna 
Watrous of Madera; John and 
Dolores Watrous of Madera. 

Also mourning her death are 
grandchildren, Micah Watrous 
of Clovis; Seth Watrous of 
Bodfish; McKenzie Watrous of 
Mt. Mesa; Philip Watrous of 
Mt. Mesa; Alexia Watrous of 
Mt. Mesa; Anisa and Amanda 
Watrous of Madera; Shelby 
Watrous of Madera; Sara and 
Joshua Hoskinson of Madera; 
Rebekah and Naomi Watrous 
of Connecticut; William and 
Robert Watrous of Madera; 
Benjamin Watrous of Biola; 
and one great-granddaughter, 
Kathryn Watrous of Clovis. 

Arrangements by Ridge- 
crest Mortuary. 



Eddie A. "Suds" 
Edwards 

Eddie Andrew Edwards, age 
55, born February 1 7, 1 942, in 
Phoenix, Arizona, died Novem- 
ber 2, 1997, at his home in 
Lake Isabella. 

He was raised in California, 
living in the Los Angeles area 
until moving to the Kern Valley 
in 1978. He was an accom- 
plished finish carpenter, and 
worked with many of the con- 
tractors in the valley. Eddie 
especially enjoyed his motor- 
cycles, camping at Fish Creek, 
and watching NHRA Drag Rac- 
ing. 

Eddie is survived by his wife, 
Jeannie. Although he did not 
have children of his own, with 
his marriage to Jeannie, he 
inherited a large "family of the 
heart," son and daughter-in- 
law, John and Alita Beam of 
Lake Isabella; son and daugh- 
ter-in-law, Greg and Michelle 
Beam of Caliente; daughter 
Chris Beam of Port Angeles, 
Washington; granddaughters 
Shari Beam, Leslie Beam, Tif- 
fany Willis, Latisha Jones, 
Tesa Willis, Lynzie Jones, Julie 
Beam, Kelsey Beam, 
Samantha Keeling; grandsons 
Brenden Hall, Denton Beam, 
Travis Beam, Greg Beam, 
Chantz Brodie, and one soon- 
to-be great-grandchild. "Suds" 
also leaves his brother-in-love, 
Jim Neukirchnerand wife Judy. 
Eddie was much loved by his 
father and mother-in-law. Jack 
and Ellen Warner of 
Orangevale, California; sister 
and brother-in-law, Bert and 
Dan Mainwaring of Diamond 
Springs, California; sisters-in- 
law, Emily L. Word and Jane 
Culver of Placerville, Califor- 
nia; and numerous nephews. 

A memorial service was held 
on Monday, November 10, 
1 997, at the Highland Method- 
ist Church in Lake Isabella. 
Pastor Jack Dilley officiated 
and Bakersfield Family Funeral 
Directors handled the arrange- 
ments. 

Eddie was a wonderful per- 
son and exceptional husband 
and will be very much missed. 



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Thomas Valentine 
Sims 

Private arrangements were 
made for Thomas V. Sims who 
passed away November 5, 
1997 in Bakersfield. Mr. Sims 
was born in Skiatook, Okla- 
homa on November 19, 1923. 
He served in the Navy for sev- 
eral years before moving to 
Buena Park where he worked 
for Dresser Pacific Pump in 
Huntington Park for 37 years. 
After retiring, he moved to the 
Kern River Valley in 1985. He 
enjoyed motorcycle riding. 

He is survived by his wife of 
51 years, Marie Sims of Onyx; 
his sons, Tom Sims of 
LaPalma, California; and 
Bruce Sims of Onyx; daughter 
Katheryn Nixon of Yucca Val- 
ley; three grandchildren, 
Mafhea, Heather and Travis; 
and one great-grandson, 
David; his brothers, Milton 
Sims of Onyx; Wallace Sims of • 
Browley, California; and Walter 
Sims of Oceanside. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday , November 12, 1997 



Barbara JeanBly 

A memorial service was held 
to celebrate the active llfS of 
Barbara BIy on Saturday, No- 
vember 8, 1997 at 1 1 a.m. at 
Highland Chapel Methodist 
Church in Lake Isabella. Rev. 
Floyd Castillo will be officiat- 
ing. Barbara passed away 
peacefully at her home in Lake 
Isabella on November 1 after a 
lengthy battle with cancer. At 
her side were husband Lynn, 
daughter Lynda, and longtime 
friend Polly Butler. 

She was born Barbara Jean 

Moore in Burbank, California, - 
on November 17, 1927. 

Barbara is survived by hus- 
band Lynn of Lake Isabella; 
twin daughters, Lynda Heran 
of Rancho Palos Verdes, Cali- 
fornia; and Lorna Guevara of 
Huntington Beach, California; 
a son Larry of Bodfish; grand- 
daughters, Katie and Meghan 
Heran, of Rancho Palos 
Verdes; two brothers, Gayle 
Moore of Mariposa, California; 
and Bud Moore of Lakewood, 
California. She was preceded 
in death by a sister, Eloise, in 
1981. 

She graduated from 
Leuzinger High School in 
Hawthorne in 1945. She met 
Lynn BIy while working at 
Northrop. They were married 
October 15, 1948, and re- 
mained married for 49 years. 
They built their home in 
Westchester, California, where 
they lived for 31 years. 

Barbara worked at Lennox 
High School for 1 years as a 
textbook cerk and career cen- 
ter aide. She retired just be- 
fore moving to Bodfish in 1 978 
with her husband, Lynn. 

She and Lynn built and op- 
erated the L&L Car Wash and 
Laundry in Lake Isabella. They 
built their home in Lake Isa- 
bella and moved in Thanksgiv- 
ing of 1990. 



Barbara had been very ac- 
tive since moving to the area, 
including the Pink Ladies, the 
Women's Club, and TOPS. 
She also showed her creative 
abilities by taking up ceram- 
ics, oil painting and porcelain 
dolls. She excelled at all. 

She was a loving and de- 
voted wife, mother, grand- 
mother and friend to all. Her 
presence will be greatly missed 
by fhends and family alike. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Joseph Eugene 
Norris 

Graveside services were 
held Friday, November 7, 
1997, at 11 a.m. at the Kern 
Valley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights for Joseph E. Norris, 
age 64, of Kernville who 
passed away November 1 at 
his home. 

Joseph was born January 
19, 1933 in Santa Maria and 
had lived in Kernville for one- 
and-a-half years. He worked 
for 1 5 years with National Cash 
Register Co. as a salesman. 
He also had his own business, 
Los Angeles Equipment Sales, 
for several years. He was a 
member of the Elks Lodge, 
both in Santa Maria and Wof- 
ford Heights, and a member of 
the Kern Valley Mens Golf 
Club. Joseph also served his 
country in the U.S. Navy dur- 
ing the Korean Conflict. 

He is survived by his wife of 
24 years, Diana Norris; his twin 
brother, John; three daughters, 
Paige Norris, Kristen Norris, 
and Sherri Harvey; one son, 
Russell Harvey; grandsons, 
Nicholas Norris, Sean 
Akerboom, and Eddie Ramos; 
granddaughters, Malia Rikard, 
Joey Ramos and a host of 
friends. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
may be made to the American 
Cancer Society. 

Arrangements by Bakers- 
field Family Funeral Directors. 



NoviMhiR 19, 1997 



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JackVernile 
Ashworth 

Memorial services were held 
on Friday, November 1 4, 1 997, 
at 2 p.m. at the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery in Wofford 
Heights for Jack Vernite 
Ashworth of Weldon. Pastor 
Carlos Fandino of the First 
Church of the Nazarene in Lake 
Isabella officiated with the Vet- 
erans of Foreign Wars Post 
#7665, Lake Isabella, offering 
the lasting Veterans Memorial 
Tribute to Mr. Ashworth and 
his family. 

Jack Ashworth was born to 
his parents, William Edward 
and Alcoe Genevive Ashworth, 
on May 22, 1925, in Tulare, 
California. During World War 
II, he proudly served his nation 
in the United States Army. He 
was an artillen/ instructor at 
;- Fort Benning, Georgia. On May 
I 15,1 969, he married his wife, 
' Leah Mary, in Torrance, Cali- 
! fornia. In 1996, Jack retired 
' after working as a self-em- 
ployed licensed residential 
' contractor. He and Leah then 
• moved to the Kern River Val- 
; ley area, settling down in Wel- 
don. 

He and Leah thoroughly 
enjoyed traveling in their RV 
and visiting with family and 
friends. Jack was a wonderful 
man and he loved his family 
fiercely. In years past, he loved 
to take them all camping, 
teaching all of them to enjoy 
life. He was always there for 
his wife and kids. He was al- 
ways there to help and did 
everything that he could for 
them. . - 



Jack is survived by his wife 
of 28 years, Leah; and by four 
children, Carolyn Correa of 
Temecula, California; Marcia 
Gann of Torrance, California; 
Mike Filben of Salt Lake City, 
Utah; and Tom Filben of 
Cambria, California. He is also 
survived by his grandchildren, 
April and Aaron of Temecula; 
Melissa and Tiffany of Tor- 
rance; Wendy of Cambria; and 
Marley and Kira of Salt Lake 
City. Also by his brothers, Ri- 
chard Ashworth of Carson City, 
Nevada; and Donald Ashworth 
of San Manuel, Ahzona. Jack 
will be truly missed by all those 
of whom he loved, and by all 
those who loved him. 

Services arranged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Edith Pauline 
Johnston 

A funeral service was held 
Friday, November 7, 1997, at 
the Lake Isabella Kingdom Hall 
of Jehovah's Witnesses for 
Edith Pauline Johnston of 
Weldon. Officiating was Mel 
Hetrick. Interment followed at 
Riverside National Cemetery. 

Edith was born November 
26, 1921, in Washington, 
Pennsylvania and died No- 
vember 5, 1997, in Mt. Mesa. 
She was 75 years old. She 
was preceded in death by her 
husband, Joseph, in 1989. 

She is survived by her chil- 
dren, Carol Behm of Weldon; 
Danny Johnston of Yucaipa, 
California; Gary Johnston of 
Lake Isabella; Joe Johnston of 
Florida; eight grandchildren 
and five great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by 

Ridgecrest Mortuary. 



Varnum Iva 
Kenney 

Varnum Iva Kenney, resi- 
dent of Bend, Oregon, passed 
away October 22, 1 997, from 
an extended illness. He was 
85 years old. 

Mr. Kenney was born on 
March 12, 1912 to parents, 
Charles and Frances (Varnum) 
Kenney, in Fresno, California. 

He married Helen (Beth) 
Kenney in Reno, Nevada. She 
preceded him in death. 

During World War II, Mr. 
Kenney sen/ed in the Army 
Corp. of Engineers and was 
stationed in the Middle East. 
He worked as a master auto 
mechanic with the Department 
of Water and Power in Los 
Angeles. He was also a mem- 
ber of the Kern Valley Search 
and Rescue Team. 

Cremation was in Bend with 
no services being held. He is 
survived by his niece, Cheryl 
L. Thayer, of Lake Forest, Cali- 
fornia. 



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December 3. 1997 



Louis J. Kriebs 

On November 1 3, 1 997, Mr. 
Louis J. Kriebs of Kernville 
passed away in Bakersfield. 
He was 74 years of age. Louis 
was born to his parents, Peter 
and Mary Kriebs, in the Ga- 
lena Township of Illinois on 
June 1, 1923. 

During World War II, he 
proudly served his country in 
the United States Marine 
Corps, serving the Solomon 
Islands, Bougainville, Guam, 
and Iwo Jima. After the war, in 
1949, Louis went to the Los 
Angeles Police Academy and 
became an officer for the City 
of Los Angeles. He then re- 
tired in 1964, residing in 
Gardena, California. In 1971, 
he married his wife. Use, and in 
1 984, Louis and Use moved to 
the Kern River Valley area, 
then residing in Kernville. Louis 
became actively involved with 
the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 
becoming a life member of the 
V.F.W. 

Louis is survived by his wife 
Use of Kernville; his daughter 
Sherry of Tempo, Arizona; and 
his sons, Larry of Hemet, Cali- 
fornia; and Garey of Medford, 
Oregon. He is also survived by 
his grandchildren, Brian, Bon- 
nie and Ethan. Louis will be 
greatly missed by all those who 
loved him and by all those of 
whom he loved. 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 



Everyone knew and loved 
Daniel and Daniel knew and 
loved everyone. His passing is 
a great loss to the valley. 

Daniel is survived by his 
daughter Kitty Kreft and her 
husband Bill of Oceanside, 
California, and by his son John 
Cleary of South Lake Tahoe. 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 

Doreen G. 
Schonmann 

A 23-year Lake Isabella resi- 
dent, Doreen G. Schonmann, 
passed away November 23, 
1997, at the age of 67. She 
was born June 19, 1928, in 
Los Angeles. She is survived 
by her husband of 18 years, 
Marcelo J. Schonmann; her 
son, Mike Fellows of BIythe; 
her daughter, Carol Blackmon 
of Long Beach; and her sister, 
Joanne McCollum, of Los An- 
geles. 



Daniel Francis 
Cleary 

On November 11,1 997, Mr. 
Daniel Francis Cleary of Lake 
Isabella passed away at the 
age of 72. Daniel entered life 
in Los Angeles, California, on 
January 9, 1925. 

During World War II, Daniel 
served his nation in the United 
States Marine Corps. -Later in 
life, he began working for the 
Garrett Airesearch Corporation 
as a Security Police Officer. 
During this time, he became 
very involved with his commu- 
nity. He joined the American 
Legion, where he later became 
the Sergeant At Arms for the 
Lake Isabella Post #711. 
Daniel also became active with 
the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 
becoming a life member, and 
he was also inducted as a life 
member of the Disabled Ameri- 
can Veterans. 

In the late 1980's, Daniel 
moved from Los Angeles to 
the Kern River Valley and put 
down roots in Lake Isabella. 
He joined the local American 
Legion Post #71 1 , the V.F.W. 
Post #7665, and the Disabled 
American Veterans. He also 
became very involved with the 
senior lunch program at the 
Kern Valley Senior's Center. 



Wednesday, December 3, 1997 



Kern Valley loses link 
to Its legendary past 



76 



By BRET BRADIGAN 

Kern Valley Sun 

The Kern Valley has lost one 
of its few remaining links to its 
pioneer past with the passing of 
William Walker Kissack Sunday. 

Kissack, 82, died in his sleep 
after enduring several years of 
health problems, though he re- 
mained fit and active right up to 
the end. 

"Just this week he was out on 
the backhoe feeding the horses," 
said daughter Carolyn Kissack- 
Hancock. 

A memorial service is planned 
- for Thursday at 1 1 a.m. at First 
Baptist Church in Lake Isabella. 
Pastor Floyd Castillo will offici- 
ate. 

Judging by his legacy. Bill 

Kissack has had a lasting impact 

on his community. Besides his 

"long^and colorful career as a 

rancher and farmer, he founded 

and developed the community of 

Mountain Mesa, donated the land 

on which Kern Valley Hospital 

stands, then served on its board of 

directors for nearly 30 years. He 

and his wife of 56 years, Grace, 

also organized the annual Easter 

Egg Hunts on their pasture for 

more than 30 years. 

The Easter Egg Hunts were 
"symbolic of how he felt about 
people. Bill was a friend of every- 
one," said longtime friend Coun- 
try Huckleberry. "He'd go out of 
his way to help anyone — it didn't 
matter who they were." 

Twosignal achievements made 
him most proud, Grace said. For a 
long-time cowboy, being named 
Kern County's Cattleman of the 
Year in 1991 ranked near the top 
of a lifetime of distinction. Tlie 
1994 ceremony when the Kern 
Valley Hospital was dedicated to 
him and Grace also hit a high 
note. 

"The hospital was his life. He 
never missed a meeting, said 
Grace. "When we had guests, he'd 
always take them out there to see 
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"He was a hell of a fine 

guy. There wasn't a 

finer man to work for. 

He was fair. He'd make 

you work hard, but he 

would really listen to 

you." 

Ken Rhoads 

"I always had a feeling 
of plenty. He was al- 
ways a good provider." 
Grace Kissack 



Bill Kissack Memorial Ser- 
vice: Thursday, Dec. 4 at 
1 1 a.m. First Baptist Church 
in Lake Isabella. Pastor 
-Floyd Castillo offi ciating 



Bill kissack's father, William 
C, emigrated from the Isle of 
Man, a small but scenic island in 
the Irish Sea between Wales and 
Ireland and ancestral home to 
many Kern Valley pioneers. In 
1909, his passage was paid for by 
the Joughin and Stevens ranch 
families. After working off his 
indenture, he brought his sweet- 
heart, Jesse Ellen, over from the 
Isle of Man in 1914. 

Bill Kissack was bom a year 
later, March 12, 1915, in a house 
not three miles from his present 
home. The old house was con- 
demned after Isabella Dam was 
constructed, then Bill bought it 
back at auction and had it moved 
to the present site. 

Though the old house contin- 
ued to serve as a storage shed, Bill 
may well have had sentimental 
reasons for buying his birthplace. 
The old homestead served an im- 
portant social function in the pre- 
dam Kern Valley, with hayrides 
and cookouts and post-church 
Sunday picnics. 



"Dad was at his greatest ori 
those Sunday afternoons," 
Carolyn said. "We'd have lots of 
people over, and we'd take the 
hay down to feed the horses, then 
have lots of food." 

It was also a place which forged 
the enduring work ethic Bill 
Kissack was famous for. "If some- 
thing had to be done, he did it," 
said Carolyn. 

"1 always had a feehng of 
plenty," said Grace. "He was al- 
ways a good provider." 

That ethic was passed down 
from both parents. "Bill's mother 
was one of the most beautiful 
women to ever conie from the 
Kern Valley," said Grace. "But 
you'd see her out in the fields 
working alongside the men." 

After the learning the business 
of ranchingon his father's spread, 
he was hired as foreman for the A. 
Brown ranch in 1940, where he 
worked for five years. 

One person who remembers 
Bill Kissack well from that time 
is Ken Rhoads, from another pio- 
neer family , who, at the age of 1 3, 
was hired as a ranch hand. 

"He was a hell of a fine guy," 
Rhoadssaid. "There wasn't a finer 
man to work for. He was fair. 
He'd make you work hard, but he 
would really listen to yo u." 



Wednesday, December 3, 1997 



77 



During that time, some triends 
suspect he'd make up reasons to 
drive past the South Fork School, 
where the new teacher had caught 
his eye. "He'd wave to me as he'd 
go by," said Grace, who had come 
to the rural school in 1939 from 
Ohio after graduating from Uni- 
versity of California at Los Ange- 
les. "It was pretty fascinating for 
a young woman — coming up to 
cowboy country." 

The school had 50 students and 
two teachers. Grace taught grades 
one through three; the other teacher 
taught fourth through eighth. 
Rhoads said it was a demanding 
place. "When you got out of the 
eighth grade, you had a better edu- 
cation than they do coming out of 
junior college nowadays." 

The Kern Valley — though 
large in geography — was small 
in social circles in those days, 
Rhoads said. "You knew every- 
one who went up and down the 
road." A new school teacher — 
especially one as attractive and 
stylish as Grace — was the focus 
of attention. "She had a new '39 
Chevy when she came up," 
Rhoads said. "That was really 
something." 

The young Bill Kissack was 
also the focus of much attention, 
Grace said. "He was very hand- 
some, and very wholesome." It 
did take him awhile to muster up 
the nerve to ask the schoolteacher 
out for their first date, a hayride 
and dance sponsored by another 
local family. 

They were married in 1941, 
and continued the ranching tradi- 



The high point of that tradition 
may have been the annual high 
country trips to summer pasture 
at Beach Meadow, Carolyn said. 
"We'd have carts and carts of 
groceries, and Dad would have 
the saddlebags laid out every- 
where, packing for the trip," she 
said. They would stay in the camp 
all summer, a place where work 
was fun. 

"There are so many kids he'd 
take with us, and their fondest 
memories were of the high coun- 
try," Carolyn said. "He loved that 
life." 

Survivors include wife Grace 
and daughter Carolyn; grandsons 
Scott Kissack and wife Cari and 
Craig Young; granddaughters 
Kristine King and husband Greg, 
Kimberly Harper and husband 
Frankie, Heather Dunne and hus- 
band Lance, and Angle Young. 
Great-grandchildren are Billy and 
Kacie Kissack, Kenny Shanahan, 
Derek and Daniel King, Conagher 
and Francesca Harper, daughter- 
in-law Lynda Kissack and dear 
friend Country Huckleberry. 

Bill is preceded in death by 
parents William Crellin and Jesse 
Ellen Kissack; brother Jim 
Kissack; son William Lee Kissack 
and daughter Linda Elaine 
Kissack. 

In lieu of flowers, the family 
requests that donations be made 
to the Kern Valley Hospital Foun- 
dation, P.O. Box 1628, Lake Isa- 
bella, CA 93240. 



WpniMTsnAY. December 10, 1997 



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William Walker 
Kissack 

A memorial service was held 
at the First Baptist Church in 
Lake Isabella, Thursday, De- 
cember 4, 1997 at 11 a.m. 
Pastor Floyd Castillo officiated. 
Kern River Valley pioneer, 
William Walker Kissack, 
passed away peacefully at 
home November 30, 1997. 
Most of his 82 years were spent 
surrounded by the mountains 
and valley that he dearly loved . 
His lifetime was devoted to 
assisting the community and 
his family. All who knew him 
found joy in his quiet smiling 
manner. His strong will to live 
was proven as he overcame 
one health obstacle after an- 
other in the past few years. 

Born March 1 2, 1 91 5, at the 
ranch site, Bill was both a cattle 
rancher and land developer. 
One of his proudest accom- 
plishments was being named 
Kern County Cattleman of the 
Year in 1991 . Both he and his 
son, William Lee, developed 
the town of Mountain Mesa. 
The Kern Valley Hospital was 
dedicated to both Bill and 
Grace, his wife of 56 years, in 
1994. 

As a younq man. Bill did 
stunt riding for the movies 
made here m the valley before 
the lake was established. Like 
many of the pioneers who 
settled here from the "Isle of 
Man," he possessed both quali- 
ties of toughness and tender- 
ness. 

Bill was blessed in sharing 
so many wonderful years with 
his wife Grace. They shared 
fully in ranching duties and the 
raising of their three children. 
Later the tremendous joy of 
being grandparents and great- 
grandparents was precious for 
both. The love of Bill and Grace 
was extended for over 30 years 
to all the neighborhood chil- 
dren who attended the Annual 
Easter Egg Hunts in the 
Kissack pasture. 



Surviving Bill is his loving 
wife Grace; daughter, Carolyn 
.Kissack Hancock; grandsons, 
Scott Kissack and wife Cari 
and Craig Young; granddaugh- 
ters, Kristine King and hus- 
band Greg, Kimberly Harper 
and husband Frankie, Heather 
Dunne and husband Lance, 
and Angle Young; great-grand- 
children are Billy and Kacie 
Kissack, Kenny Shanahan, 
Derek and Daniel King, 
Conagher and Francesca 
Harper; daughter-in-law, 
Lynda Kissack; and dear friend 
Country Huckleberry. 

Bill was preceded in death 
by his parents, William Crellin 
and Jesse Ellen Kissack; 



brother, Jim Kissack; son, Wil- 
liam Lee Kissack; and daugh- 
ter, Linda Elaine Kissack. 

Bill loved life and lived it to 
the fullest. He will be missed. 



Pauline Marion 
Ambler 

Pauline Marion Ambler 
passed away in Bakersfield on 
December 3, 1 997, at 85 years 
of age. She was born July 23, 
1912 in Kolmea, Ukraine and 
had been a resident of Lake 
Isabella for many years and 
lived a very active life. She 
loved to dance, as well as play 
bingo three times a week. 
Pauline was always very young 
and cheerful acting at all times. 
Her hobbies were ceramics, 
plastic canvas and Japanese 
embroidering. 

She was a member of the* 
Moose Lodge #498 in Lake 
Isabella and was a regular 
attender of the Senior Center 
in Lake Isabella. Visitation was 
Monday, December 8, 1997, 
from 2 p.m. to5 p.m. at Bakers- 
field Family Funeral Directors. 
Funeral services were held 
Tuesday, December 9, 1 997, 
at 10:30 a.m., also at Bakers- 
field Family Funeral Directors, 
Chapel of the Flowers. Offici- 
ating was Pastor Jack Dilley. 
Interment followed at 1 p.m. 
Monday, December 8, at Kern 
River,Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights. 

Survivors include her son 
Ron Fly and wife Dollie of 
Bakersfield; sister llene Misner 
of Largo, Florida; grandchil- 
dren, Cheri, Kerri, and Gary; 
nine great-grandchildren and 
three great-grandchildren. 
Pauline was a wonderful mom, 
and grandmother, never com- 
plaining. She will be deeply 
missed by all who knew her 
and loved her. 

Services arranged by 
Bakersfield Family Funeral 
Directors. 



Wednesday, December 10. 1997 



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Viola Ella 
Vehlewald 

Vi was the firstborn child of 
Edwin and Minnie Allemann, 
born on the family farm in 
Stonyhili, Missouri, November 
16, 1913. She helped care for 
her four brothers and four sis- 
ters while her mother helped 
with the farm. 

Vi was baptized and con- 
firmed at St. James Evangeli- 
cal Reformed Church (now the 
Church of Christ) in Stonyhili, 
Missouri. As a young woman, 
she moved to St. Louis where 
she worked doing housework 
while learning to be a hair- 
dresser and for some time 
owned her own beauty shop. 
She married Paul Vehlewald 
on April 2, 1938. They lived in 
St. Louis until after their son, 
Don, was born and then moved 
to California in 1945. 

Paul and Vi settled in the 
Lakewood area and later 
moved to Downey. They 
owned a produce market near 
Knotts Berry Farm when it still 
was a berry farm. Paul joked 
about moving to California to 
get away from the family, then 
the family all moved out from 
Missouri and lived with Paul 
and Vi until they were settled 
into their own jobs and homes. 
Always aclose knit family, they 
wouldn't have wanted it any 
other way. 

Vi eventually went to work 
sewing in the garment indus- 
try. She ended her career work- 
ing in the pattern department 
of Elisabeth Stewart Swim 
VVdar Company. Working with 
the pattern maker she would 
make and alter the swimsuits 
to get a perfect fit before they 
were manufactured. 



The Vehlewalds owned a 
vacation home in Wofford 
Heights since 1 965. When they 
retired, they moved there full 
time. Many people know Vi as 
a dealer of Shaklee products 
She also did alterations. She 
never wanted to stop selling 
Shaklee products or doing the 
alterations because she al- 
ways enjoyed people dropping 
by her home. She made many 
friends this way and wanted to ' 
stay in her own home as long 
as possible to keep this social 
contact. 

Vi was a member of the Lady 
Elks and was very active in the 
K.R.V. CB group. Her handle 
was Instant Protein, a name 
that suited her. She was al- 
ways active and busy. She 
worked for many years help- 
ing prepare the breakfasts on 
Saturday mornings at the CB. 
Break. She attended the se- 
nior dances, enjoyed them 
even though she didn't dance 
for years because she suffered 
from arthritis. The ladies all 
wanted to dance with Paul and 
she spent the evening visiting. 

After the death of Paul and 
her beloved sister, Selma, she 
seemed to give in to the pain of 
her arthritis. 

Vi passed away on Novem- 
ber 28, 1 997. A graveside ser- 
vice was held on December 2, 
1997, at 1 p.m. at the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights. The service was 
conducted by Pastor Chuck 
Semonious of Shepherd of the 
Hills Lutheran Church. 

She is preceded in death by 
her husband Paul; her sisters, 
Selma and Florence Allemann; 
and her brothers, Armin and 
Raymond Al lemann. 



She is survived by her son, 

Don, and daughter-in-law, Pat 

Vehlewald, of Kernville; her 

granddaughter, Julia, and her 

husband, Dale Dumke; and 

great-grandsons, Chris, 

Johnathan and Joseph, of 

Lancaster; her grandson, 

Gene, and his wife, Deena 

Vehlewald, of Walla Walla, 

Washington; her sisters, Betty 

Baer, of New Haven, Missouri; 

Evelyn Davis and her husband, 

Fred, of Fallbrook, California; 

her brothers, Roy Allemann, of 

Washington, Missouri; and 

; Elmer Allemann and his wife, 

; Lillian, of Hermann, Missouri; 

'• brother-in-law, OIlie 

I Vehlewald, and his wife, 

; Charleen, of Lake Isabella; and 

: many nieces and nephews. 

She will be greatly missed by 

all who knew her. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Warton "Chuck" 
Trout 

Private arrangements were 
made for Warton "Chuck" Trout 
who passed away at his home 
in Onyx on November 26, 
1997, after a long illness. 
Chuck was born in Rocky Ford, 
Colorado, on March 27, 1912. 
He worked for the Department 
of Defense for many years 
before retiring and moving to 
the Kern River Valley 23 years 
ago. He was a member of the 
Masons Kernville #872 F & 
Ajyi 

He is survived by his wife of 
55 years, Vivian; two sons, 
Donald Trout of Tucson, Ari- 
zona; David Trout of Kent, 
Washington; daughter Terry 
Gustafson of Newberry Park, 
California; six grandchildreri 
and three great-grandchildren. 
He will be greatly missed. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday, December 17, 1997 



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Bryan Nils Oberg 

Bryan Oberg was born in 
Los Angeles, California, on 
April 9, 1948. He went to his 
eternal rest on December 7, 
1997, after a yearlong battle 
with cancer. A memorial ser- 
vice was held at Kernville 
United Methodist Church with 
his friend,. Rev. Dr. Charles 
White, presiding and assisted 
by Rev. John Carpenter. 

He grew up in the San 
Fernando Valley, where he met 
his wife, Karen. They began 
married life on October 7 , 1 967 . 
Bryan worked for Oberg Con- 
struction Company of Simi 
Valley for 1 8 years until he and 
his family moved to the Kern 
River Valley in 1984. He be- 
gan Grebo Corporation, a con- 
struction business with the help 
of his father, Nils Oberg. They 
did numerous jobs in the area 
including the Kern Valley Land- 
fill and Recycling Center as 
well as the Borel Canal. After 
several years he expanded the 
business to include the Yard 
Improvement Center in Wof- 
ford Heights. 

Bryan was active in Ham 
Radio since the early 1 970s as 
WB60DZ and later as KM6WU. 
He built and operated the 
"ODZ" 220 repeater for local 
hams and emergency commu- 
nication in the Kern River Val- 
ley. He got his first computer, 
an Apple, in the middle 1 970s. 
He promptly put it to work run- 
ning the house. Lights, alarms, 
bells and whistles went off at 



alUimes of the day and nrgntT" 
Computers were the love of 
his life. They kept him up late 
at night and got him up early in 
the morning. He ran Teletype 
in those days and later Packet, 
the ham radio version of Inter- 
net. Bryan was instrumental in 
the development of both as he 
built, wrote software and lec- 
tured at national Ham conven- 
tions on computers and packet. 
Internet was the next logical 
step, so two-and-a-half years 
ago, Bryan made the plans 
that became kernvalley.com, 
Kern Valley's first Internet ser- 
vice. When he became too ill 
to continue as sysop, he sold 
kernvalley.com, a very difficult 
decision. 

Bryan is survived by his wife, 
Karen; daughter, Kim, and 
husband, Tim Kleidosty; son. 
Kirk, and wife, Kim Oberg; five 
grandchildren, Joshua and 
Joey Kleidosty of Wofford 
Heights and Bryan, Kenneth 
and Rebecca Oberg of Bakers- 
field; his parents, Nils and June 
Oberg; and sister, Alice Oberg, 
all of Wofford Heights; as well 
as aunts, uncles and numer- 
ous cousins throughout Cali- 
fornia and Nevada. Bryan will 
be missed by all who loved 
him. _ ._ 



Cinderella Jane 
Steiner 

Graveside services were 
held Wednesday, December 
10, 1997, at 11 a.m. at the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery 
for Cinderella Jane Steiner who 
passed away Sunday, Decem- 
ber 7, 1997, in the Nursing 
Center in Kern Valley Hospital 
after a short illness. Officiating 
was Pastor Deryl Lackey of 
Mt. View Southern Baptist 
Church. 

Cinderella was born Octo- 
ber 23, 1910 in Elkhart, Iowa 
and lived on the farm until she 
was 23 years old, working 
along side her two brothers 
and her father and helpefJ with 
the canning with her mom and 
sisters. The family moved to 
California in 1 933 and she held 
many jobs until going to work 
|for the Pacific Press where she 
assembled the Look, Life, 
Colliers and other magazines 
and loaded them on the trucks. 
She retired from there in 1 952 
when she and her husband Ed 
moved to the Kern River Val- 
ley. She was a past member of 
the Ladies of the Elks. She 
loved to do embroidery, cro- 
chet and knitting. 

She is survived by her sister 
Margaret Taylor of Los Ange- 
les, Isabella Benon of Las Ve- 
gas Nevada; brothers and sis- 
ters-in-law, Art and Barbara 
Garren of Oregon and Jim 
Garren of San Leandro, Cali- 
fornia; sisters and brothers-in- 
law, Mary Ann and Andy 
Anderson of Chino Hills, Cali- 
fornia; and Jessie and Vergil 
Anderson of Mira Loma, Cali- 
fornia. She will be greatly 
I missed. ^, „ 

Arrangements by Valley 

Mortuary. 



Wednesday, December 17, 1997 



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Robert LYoho 

A memorial service was held 
Thursday, December 11,1 997, 
at the Kern River Valley 
Cemtery for Robert Yoho who 
passed away on December 8, 
1 997, in Lake Isabella. Robert's 
son, Dr. Roger Yoho from the 
Corona Community Church of 
the Nazarene officiated, as well 
as the funeral team from the 
Lake Isabella V.F.W. Post 
#7665. 

Robert was a life member of 
the V.F.W., and had many 
other interests, such as study- 
ing history. This led him to his 
membership in the Historical 
Society. He enjoyed traveling, 
seeing new sights, and meet- 
ing new people. 

He leaves behind his wife of 
56 years, Betty; his son, Roger, 
and wife, Lynda, of Riverside, 
California; his daughter, Linda, 
and husband, Jim Lee, of Ful- 
lerton, California; another son, 
Robert Jr., of Irvine, Califor- 
nia; as well as five grandchil- 
dren and four great-grandchil- 
dren. Robert also leaves his 
favorite sister-in-law. Dona 
Lewis, of Lake San Marcos, 
California. He will be greatly 
missed and forever loved by 
all whose lives he touched. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wharton "Chuck" 
Trout 

Private arrangements were 
made for Wharton "Chuck" 
Trout who passed away at his 
home in Onyx on November 
26, 1997, after a long illness. 
Chuck was born in Rocky Ford, 
Colorado, on March 27, 1912. 
He worked for the Department 
of Defense for many years 
before retiring and moving to 
the Kern River Valley 23 years 
ago. He was a member of the 
Masons Kernville #872 F & 
AM. 

He is survived by his wife of 
55 years, Vivian; two sons, 
Ronald Trout of Tucson, Ari- 
zona; David Trout of Kent, 
Washington; daughter Terry 
Gustafson of Newberry Park, 
California; six grandchildren 
and three great-grandchildren. 
He' will be greatly missed. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. ^ 



Wednesday, December 24, 1997 



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Helen Hamilton 
McCloskey 

Helen Hamilton McCloskey, 
age 88, was born in Los Ange- 
les, California, on September 
16, 1909 to Emma Jane and 
Kinter Hamilton. Helen 
McCloskey passed away at 
Kern Valley Hospital in Mt. 
Mesa on December 13, 1997. 
She is preceded in death by 
her parents, as well as her 
brothers, James Hugh and 
John Hamilton, and her sis- 
ters, Kendra McComb, Alice 
McCready and Margaret 
Conant. 

Surviving Helen is her son, 
Michael Keith McCloskey, and 
his wife, Lynne; granddaugh- 
ter, Kelly Lehman, and her 
husband, Anthony, all of Wof- 
ford Heights; and grandson, 
Kevin McCloskey, of Bakers- 
field. She is also survived by 
three great-grandsons, An- 
thony Lehman II, Michael 
Lehman and Cody Lehman, 
plus many nieces and neph- 
ews. 

Divorced in 1947, Helen 
worked as a seamstress, pro- 
viding for herself and her son. 
They lived in California the 
majority of the time. Traveling 
occupied some of Helen's lei- 
sure time, including trips to 
Canada, Alaska, and rafting 
down the Colorado River. She 
spent many weekends enjoy- 
ing her grandchildren, whether 
their activities involved swim- 
ming, flying kites or traveling 
to places like Carlsbad Cav- 
erns and Catalina Island. 
Retiring from Del Rey Clean- 



ers in Marina Del Rey in 1 974, 
Helen moved to Pinebrook 
Community in Wofford 
Heights. Favorite pastimes in- 
cluded playing bridge with her 
good friends, Margaret and 
Chan Lindsey, fishing, craft 
work, and bunco. 

Alzheimer's Disease 

by Lynne D. McCloskey 
Old things, well-kept 
Brought back childhood 

memories. 
Then changed their forms 

as I slept 
Like baseballs melding 

into bees. 
I rebelled and then I wept. 
I do not know what's 

wrong with me. 

Helen McCloskey enjoyed 
life, enjoyed family and friends, 
and enjoyed her indepen- 
dence. Although her family 
mourns their loss, they also 
celebrate Helen's life - a life of 
friendship and unselfish kind- 
ness to others. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Robert "Bob" 
W.Fox 

The family is saddened to 
announce to his many friends 
the death of their beloved hus- 
band, father, and grandfather, 
Robert "Bob" W. Fox, Colonel, 
USAF, retired on December 
13, 1997. 

Bob's greatest love was his 
wife, Helen. Their loving joy 
was their children -Bob, Karen 
and Randy; their grandchildren 

- Jackie, Kristie, Greg, 
Angelina, Stephanie, and Paul; 
and their great-grandchildren 

- Alyssa, Tyler, and Shane. 

Bob's career spanned 28 



years in the U.S. Air Force and 
1 1 years with Northrop Corpo- 
ration in Los Angeles. Bob and 
Helen retired to Lake Isabella 
in 1978. Since then, Bob had 
been an active member of the 
community, running a surplus 
hardware business and being 
acctively involved with the 

VFW, Moose, Shriners, and 
Scottish Rite of Free Masonry 
organizations. 

Memorial services were held 
at the Lake Isabella Highland 
Chapel on Thursday, Decem- 
ber 18. Bob was buried with 
full military honors at River- 
side National Cemetery. 



Corum Lafayette 
"Hi" Coatney 

Private arrangements were 
made for "Hi" Coatney who 
passed away at his home in 
Bodfish on December 14, 
1 997. Interment will be at the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery. 

Hi was born November 3, 
1911 in Missouri and he has 
been a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for the past 20 
years. He enjoyed doing crafts 
and he taught the school chil- 
dren how to make paper but- 
terflies. He also taught crafts 
at the senior center. 

He was preceded in death 
by his loving wife of 53 years, 
Vi. He is survived by his 
nephew, Larry Cress, of San 
Diego; and niece, Penny 
McNally, of Chicago; and many 
grand and great-grand nices 
and nephews. He will be greatly 
missed by all who knew him. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



December 31, 1997 



83 



Paul Farris Carr 

A memorial service will be 
held on Friday, Jan. 9, 1 998 at 
2 p.m. at thhe Kern River Val- 
ley Lodge #827 Masonic 
Temple, 562 James Rd., Kern- 
ville, for Paul Farris Carr, who 
passed away on Saturday, 
Dec. 20, 1 997 at Kern Valley 
Hospital in Mt. Mesa. 

Mr. Carr was born in Mid- 
land, Texas, on Mar. 24, 1 91 0. 
He was employed for many 
years in wholesale meat sales 
in Southern California before 
he and his wife retired to South- 
lake in 1 980. Paul was a mem- 
ber of the Masonic Lodge #827 
in Kernville. 

Margaret Carr, his wife, pre- 
ceded him in death on July 31 , 
1991. 

Mr. Carr is survived by his 
son, Daniel Carr, of Southlake; 
son Steven and daughter-in- 
law Susan Carr of Placentia; 
daughter Carol and son-in-law 
Bob Berlin of The Sea Ranch, 
Calif.; and grandchildren Col- 
leen Carr of Placentia, Scott 
Carr and his wife Cheryl of 
Fullerton, and Kathleen 
Bentley of Salem, Mass. 



Elizabeth Ina 
Kotthoff 

A graveside service was 
held Tues. , Dec. 23, 1 997, at 2 
p.m. for Elizabeth Ina Kotthoff, 
formerly of Lake Isabella. Of- 
ficiating was Mr. Paul Paulsen 
of the Lake Isabella congrega- 
tion of Jehovah's Witnesses. 

Ina was born July 12, 1916 
in St. Paul, Minn., and died 
Dec. 19, 1997 in Las Vegas. 
She was 81 years old. 

She is survived by her 
daughters Faith Clayton of 
Springfield, Missouri and 
Karen Knox and her husband 
Jim of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister 
Florence Huseby of Missouri; 
grandchildren Deanna Peltz of 
Missouri, Debbie Clayton of 
, Oakland, Calif., and Richard 
Knox of Spokane, Wash.; and 
two great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by 

Ridgecrest Mortuary. 



Volume XIV INDEX 



Name 



Page 



Adam, Irene Mildred 55 

Agnew, Richard Norman 43 

Allen, Clara "Ethel" 14 

Ambler, Pauline Marion 78 

Amsk, Margaret Eva 21 

Anderson, Virginia Lee "Pat" 31 

Anderson, Virginia Lee "Pat" 33 

Armstrong, Harry Burton 63 

Arneson, Helen Patricia 31 

Ary, Earl Curtis 44 

Ashworth, Jack Vernile 74 

Atchison, Hazel Bertha 34 

Bailey, Louis Albert 4 

Barber, Margaret Genevieve 8 

Barnes, Jack Marlyn 55 

Barnes, Oleta Robinson 32 

Barricman, James Brady 24 

Berg, Eva Loretta 2 

Blomgren, Lillie Ann 14 

BIy, Barbara Jean 73 

Boyer, Margaret Isabella A. 3 

Boyer, Robert J. 1 1 

Brennan, Ruby CHristina 54 

Brennan, Ruby Christina 55 

Brown, Edward H. "Ed" 1 

Bruches, Eleanor "Elly" 27 

Burgett, Willie Harrison 67 
Bushling, McKenzie Katherine 33 
Bushling, McKenzie Katherine 34 

Caffrey, David Alan 29 

Calderwood, Venete Mae 33 

Carr, Paul Farris 83 

Chacon, Sally 15 

Chappell, William D. 23 

Chase, Jean W. 44 

Cimo, Wilhelmina Mae 59 

Cleary, Daniel Francis 75 

Click, Gerald C. 45 

Click, Gerald C. 46 
Coatney, Corum Lafayette "Hi" 82 

Cody, Theron S. 59 

Connelly, Mary Ellen 27 

Copeland, Evelyn M. 28 

Cornell, Gordon E. 50 

Costa, Betty Jean 47 

Cox, Florence Virginia 60 

Cox, Gustave B. 55 

Craig, Ora Lee 1 

Crawford, John Earl 41 



Deane, Charles Ezra 


60 


Deaver, Patricia A. 


9 


Depew, Erma Christine 


16 


DeVicariis, John Marshall 


21 


Donner, Herbert J. 


26 


Downie, William Watson 


57 


Duniphin, Denamica Rebbeca 


61 


Edwards, Eddie A. "Suds" 


72 


Elliott, Ada Marie 


34 


Elliott, Harold Louis 


27 


Enyeart, Wayne Edward 


60 


Eskew, Mary Frances 


15 


Evers, Pauline M. 


25 


Evers, Victor L. 


53 


Feldmann, Dorothy Mae Conway 


37 


Force, Richard Allen "Papa" 


63 


Forshee, Craig Paul 


65 


Fox, Robert W. "Bob" 


82 


Freier, Gary Allen 


57 


Gaze, Nida May 


35 


Griffin, Odessa Alice 


53 


Grizzle, Alta JoAnn 


67 


Gryde, Clayton Howard "Choppy' 


• 8 


Halverson, Norman 


38 


Harmon, Tommy Allan 


4 


Hartwig, Harald Herman 


64 


Hauser, Melvin Lyie 


45 


Hauser, Melvin LyIe 


46 


Hauser, Melvin LyIe 


48 


Haws, Grady Lloyd 


12 


Hedges, Thelma Nadine 


16 


Hicks, Lois R. 


6 


Hill, Mary Ann 


19 


Hinds, Ramon Keith M.D. 


2 


Hoegee, Glenn A. 


69 


Heel, Ingram Harry 


3 


Horgan, Steven David 


9 


Hunnex, Marian L. 


28 


Jaensen, lvalue 


64 


Jenkins, Verda Verona 


37 


Johnson, Floyd A. 


21 


Johnston, Edith Pauline 


74 


Jones, Dorothy "Fern" 


54 


Jump, Marion Bidwell "Buck" 


38 


Kaderly, Mabel Gladys 


39 


Kaser, Thomas A. 


58 


Keith, Pearl Grace 


7 


Kelley, Anna Lucille 


61 


Kenney, Varnum Iva 


74 



Friday, November 10, 2000 



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Volume XIV INDEX 



Name 



Page 



Kent, Joan Margaret 70 

Ketrick, Kathleen Majorie 1 3 

Kidwell, Benjamin Myron 67 

Kilman, Carol Ann 28 

Kissack, William Walker 76 

Kissack, William Walker 77' 

Kissack, William Walker 78 

Klotz, Reinhold Raymond 43 

Kotthoff, Elizabeth Ina 83 

Kramer, Denise Lyn 52 

Kramer, Denise Lyn 54 

Kriebs, Louis J. 75 

Kuhar, Amanda Nichole 62 

Kuhar, Amanda Nichole 64 

Landrum, Reba C. 20 

Langland, Cora A. 5 

Lease, Mabel Anna 32 

Leobrich, Edward George Jr. 8 

Lewis, Alton 2 

Lewis, Rev. Arthur!. 68 

Long, Mildred C. 66 

Luntz, Ronald Louis 65 

Mace, Nathan Clark Sr. 26 

Mace. Nathan Clark Sr. 23 

Malone, Edith J. 17 

Martin, Carl Louis 43 

Martin, Elmer Edward 61 

Martin, Harry L. 5 

Martinet, Romero Simon 20 

Mason, Opal Glee 42 

McCloskey, Helen Hamilton 82 

McCollum, Sidney Earl 11 

McDermot, Ruby 42 

McEwen, Hazel Colleen 18 

Memovich, Hugh 29 

Memovish, Mary 36 

Miles, Margaret JoAnne 65 

Miller, Carl Leo Jr. 50 

Minor, Melvin Richard 19 

Minor, Melvin Richard 20 

Moon, Kenneth J. 39 

Moore, Dylan James 66 

Murphy, Frank Jay 51 

Muxlow, Lucille 15 

Needham, Charles "Fred" 22 

Norris, Joseph Eugene 73 

Oberg, Bryan Nils 80 

Olsen, Donna Keillor 33 

Pakulak, Jack Metro 71 



Passarelli, Gerrard F. 19 

Petersen, Martha Clark 17 

Petty, Rev. Charles Hamilton 52 

Ponticello, Concetta Frances 7 

Post, Betty Jane 45 

Post, Betty Jane 46 

Price, Marjorie S. 66 

Ranta, "Big Larry" 47 

Ray, Thomas Salvador 28 

Reinhard, Emil 59 

Rhodes, Joseph 5 

Rivera, Carlos 10 

Robinson, Clyde Lee "Bob" 24 

Rosenthal, William 35 

Rucker, Ira C. 61 

Russell, John A. 25 

Saltzgaver, Judy 38 

Samstag, Judith Marie 49 

Sawyer, Ellen Jayne 22 

Schipp, Carl William 62 

Schonmann, Doreen G. 75 

Schuster, Louis B. 40 

Schwass, Michael Thomas 9 

Shay, Gordon Harold 70 

Shores, Jessie M. 10 

Short, Helene Emilie 29 

Sicard, Stanley Arlan 69 

Sims, Thomas Valentine 72 

Stalford, Steriing 48 

Standage, Dorothy L. 25 

Steele, Ruth B. 54 

Steele, Ruth B. 56 

Steiner, Cinderella Jane 80 

Stockton, Leo E. "Hop" 32 

Strain, Billie 17 

Stringer, Paul Nathaniel 11 

Teeter, June Beatrice 39 

Torrence, Harry L. "Bud" 41 

Trout, Warton "Chuck" 79 

Trout, Wharton "Chuck" 81 

Turner, Pauline Elaine 62 

Underwood, Jack Howard 13 

Vann, Jackie Mane 29 

Vehlewald, Viola Ella 79 

Wallace, George Butterfield 47 

Watrous, Margaret 71 

Watson, Chartes Roy 10 

Wearing, Nigel 27 

Werner, Arthur G. 56 



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Volume XIV INDEX 

Name Page 

Westrich, Clayton H. 36 

Wilson, Frank 49 

Wilson, Frank Earl 44 

Wilson, Mildred Luclna 50 

Winans, Bernice May 1 

Wokal, Gene L. 9 

Wood, Robert Lee 45 

Wood, Robert Lee 46 

Woodrof, James Dudley 35 

Yager, Alice L. 57 

Yanez, Steven Rico 30 

Yoho, Robert L. 81 



Friday, November 10, 2(XI0 ^^9® -^ 



Obituaries from "The Kern Valley Sun" Newspaper 



Volume XV 
1998 








Compiled by the Clan Diggers Genealogical Society 

Of Lake Isabella, California 

2003 










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Wednesday, January?, 1998 



Ernest A. 
Philippsen 

Born September 7, 1910 in 
Rock Island, Illinois. Died De- 
cember 21 , 1997 in Mt. Mesa, 
California. 

Ernest was preceded in 
death by his parents, his sister 
Helen Conklin, his brother 
Henry Phiiippsen and his only 
son Ernie Jr. 

He is survived by his wife 
Doris, of 56 years, his daugh- 
ter-in-law Karyn Philippsen of 
San Clemente and by many 
treasured friends. He also is 
survived by many nieces, 
nephews and cousins 

He resided in Lake Isabella 
since 1984, spent 39 years in 
Los Angeles County and was 
a retiree from Lockheed Air- 
craft in Burbank. He was given 
the Pilgrim Degree of Merit in 
1987 by the Loyal Order of 
MoQ^e^oc many years of 4e<ji- 
catecf service to the fraternity 
he leved. He was a 37 year 
member (Reseda Lodge 
#1738 and Kern Valley #498). 

In keeping with his wishes 
there will be no services. Re- 
mains will be privately interred 
in Chatsworth, California. He 
wished to share his favorite 
farewell message with all who 
know and loved him. 

I'm Free 
Don't grieve for me, for now I'm 

free 
I'm following the path God laid 

for me; 
I took His hand when I heard 

Him call 
I turned my back and left it all. 
I could not stay another day 
to laugh, to love, to work or 

play. 
Tasks left undone must stay 

that way 
I found that place at the close 

of the day. 
If parting has left a void 



Then fill it with remembered 

joy. 
A friendship shared, a laugh, a 

kiss 
Ah yes, these things, I too will 

miss. 
Be not burdened with times of 

sorrow. 
I wish you the sunshine of to- 
morrow. 
My Life's been full, I savored 

much 
Good friends, good times, a 

loved on's touch. 
Perhaps my time seemed all 

too brief. 
Lift up your heart and share 

with me 
God wanted me now. He set 

me free. 

- Author Unknown 



Irene Madelyn 
Nevis 

Born in Oklahoma on No- 
vember 10, 1912. Died on 
December 30, 1997 at Kern 
Valley Skilled Nursing Center 
where she was a resident since 
a stroke in 1 993. She was an 
Los Angeles County employee 
for 13 years. Irene retired in 
1973 and lived the next 20 
years in the Kernville/Wofford 
Heights area. She is survived 
by nieces Jenene Meyer of Elk 
Grove, Calif., Charlene Rayner 
of Hayden Lake, Idaho, Faith 
Morrison of Hanford, Calif. At 
Irene's request, no services 
were held. Cremation with re- 
mains scattered in the Rose_ 
"Garden at Union Cemetery in 
Bakersfield. Arrangements by 
Valley Mortuary. 



George F. 
Tangney 

Private arrangements were 
made for George F. Tangney 
who passed away December 
26, 1997 after a long illness. 

George was born in Milwau- 
kee, Wisconsin, on Septem- 
ber 7,1923. 

He had enjoyed many ac- 
tivities in his life, trap shooting, 
hunting, camping, flying and 
scuba diving. He had been a 
member of the American Trap 
Association and the Elks. 

George was an experimen- 
tal machinist for 30 years be- 
fore retiring to Wofford Heights 
in 1973. 

Surviving George is his lov- 
ing wife Ethel, stepson Henry 
Lewis of Encino, stepdaughter 
Leda Neilson and husband Bill 
of Palmdale, grandson Michael 
Foster of Canyon Country and 
grarKJsons Lindon, Lesfe^Lee 
and Larry Lewis, brothers Jim 
of Biloxi, Missisippi and John 
of Muskegon, Michigan and 
cousin Cathryn Bolls of Sa- 
lem, Oregon. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Junita Jonnum 
Herring 

Junita was born March 
27, 1 91 0, in Marble, Minnesota 
to Olaf and Nettie Junnum. She 
married George Herring in 
Montana on July 15, 1933. 
George preceded her in death 
on June 30, 1990. She was a 
resident of Wofford Heights 
since January of 1973. She 
also was a member of the Kem- 
ville United Methodist Church. 
Junita died on December 13, 
1997. 

She is survived by a number 
of in-laws, nieces, nephews 
and great nieces and neph- 
ews. She is also survived by a 
great many extra special 
friends. 



2 



William "Bill" 
Harold Pettit 

Age. ..79 years, 4 months, 
14 days. William "Bill" Harold 
Pettit was born to his parents 
Raymond and Margaret Pettit 
on July 30, 1 91 8, in the sleepy 
little midwest town of Albia, 
Iowa. His mother was a native 
American Sioux Indian, and 
his father Raymond worked as 
a railroad engineer. A few years 
later, they moved to an even 
smaller town in Minnesota 
called Morton, home of his 
mother's Ogalala Sioux Indian 
tribe. Bill grew up riding the 
rails, and after seeing much of 
the midwestern states, at age 
17, he enlisted in the United 
States Navy and proudly 
served4^is country before and 
during World War II in the Pa- 
cific theater. After his muster- 
ing out period from the Navy, 
Bill then enlisted into the United 
States Army and continued to 
serve during World War II in 
the European theater. He sur- 
vived D-day, went into France 
and somehow managed to 
land himself in the Battle of the 
Bulge, all without any mortal 
wounds. He took a shrapnel 
wound into his shoulder and 
was awarded the Purple Heart. 
After extensive surgery, he 
continued to serve in the US 
Army, later fighting in the Ko- 
rean conflict. In 1957, he re- 
tired from active service and 
began working for Douglas 
Aircraft as a design engineer, 
and in his spare time he taught 
ice skating at the Ice Chalet in 
Paramount, California. After 
several years, he left Douglas 
and he heard the calling of the 
sea once again and became a 
Merchant Marine Engineer for 
the Marine Engineer's Benefi- 
cial Association (M. E. B. A.) 

In 1964, he met Carmella 
"Sue" Goff. After numerous - 
failed attempts at getting her 
to marry him, she finally agreed 
to go out with him after an 
entire year of his relentless 
devotion to the one question, 
"Will you please marry me?". 
In 1 966, Bill and Sue went to. 



WlTONESpAYjANUARY 7, 1998 



dinner at the "Plush Horse" 
restaurant in Redondo Beach, 
California. After dinner they 
were leaving and Bill fell into 
the bushes in front of the res- 
taurant. He stayed there for a 
while, thinking no one had seen 
him. Sue then pulled him from 
the bushes and told him, "Yes, 
I'll marry you. I have to, you 
need someone to take care of 
you!" On September 1 0, 1 966, 
Bill and Sue were married by 
the Justice of the Peace in 
Carson City, Nevada. They 
bought a home in Wilmington, 
California and raised a family 
.t|}«£©^lfl-tS76,jA/hen three of 
their four children had gradu- 
ated from Banning High School 
and gone out on their own. Bill 
and Sue sold their home and 
moved to the Kern River Val- 
ley area, then settling down in 
Bodfish. 

In 1983, after 23 y.ears of 
service with the Merchant Ma- 
rine, Bill retired after a near- 
fatal incident involving freon 
poisoning in Japan. In the fol- 
lowing 14 years, Bill and Sue 
had a wonderful life together, 
enjoying everything from trav- 
eling abroad to going to the 
high country and cutting fire- 
wood together. But in late 1 997, 
Bill was diagnosed with a. fast 
spreading, untreatable, termi- 
nal cancer. In the short time 
that followed. Bill, Sue and the 
entire family were able to say 
all the things that needed to be 
said. And after the shortest of 
any of the "fights" of his life, 
this one was lost. Bill passed 
away in the mid-afternoon of 
the 14th of December, 1997. 
We know that he has gone to 



be with his Maker. Althougn he 
is truly missed, he will never 
be forgotten. He touched all of 
our lives in more ways than 
could possibly be described in 
this lifetime. We love ya much'! 
Bill is survived by his wife of 
31 years, Carmella Sue Pettit, 
his daughter Crissie of Las 
Vegas, Nevada, his daughter 
Cheri and her husband Raul of 
Long Beach, California, his son 
Steven and his wife Rebecca 
of La Habra, California, his son 
Patrick of Bodfish and his son 
Michael of Bodfish. He is also 
survived by five grandchildren, 
Anton Hall of Las Vegas, Kim 
Culbertson of Long Beach, Lee 
Culbertson of the US Mahne 
Corps, and Jessica and Eric of 
La Habra. Bill also has one 
surviving sister, Juanita 
Ashcraft and her husband Don, 
of Hanford, California, also 
numerous nieces and neph- 
ews . He was preceded indeath 
by his parents and by his 
brother Robert. 

Services arranged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 
We would like to share a 
poem about our father... 
My Father's Hands 
My Father's hands 
touched my soul. 
My Father's hands 
so strong and bold, 

"He would take me in 

his hands so tight, 
And stay with me 

throughout the night, 
An unspoken word 

was within this man, 
A silent strength 

was his plan, 
Gone from me 

this special man. 
But I'll never forget 

My Father's hands. 



Wednesday, January 14, 1998 



Charles Bruce 
Allen 

Funeral services were held 
Friday, January 9, 1998, at 1 1 
a.m. atValley Mortuary Chapel 
for Charles Bruce Allen. Offici- 
ating was Pastor Deryl Lackey 
of Mt. View Southern Baptist 
Church. Interment followed at 
the Kern River Valley Cem- 
etery with the Kernvillle Ma- 
sonic Lodge #872 F. & A.M. 
officiating. 

Mr. Allen was born Decem- 
ber 1, 1908, in Tempe, Ari- 
zona, and passed away, Janu- 
ary 3, 1998 at his home in 
Bodfish. 

He was a Sergeant with the 
Los Angeles Sheriffs Depart- 
ment for 26 years before retir- 
ing and moving to the Kern 
River Valley. He was a mem- 
ber of the Masons and the 
Scottish Rite. He loved fishing 
and camping and he was a 
great gardener. 

He was preceded in death 
by his wife, Ethel, and is sur- 
vived by his son, James Allen, 
of Anaheim and many nieces 
and nephews. He will be 
missed by all that knew and 
loved him. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Willa Mae 
Heinsohn 

Graveside services were 
held on January 7, 1998 for 
Willa Mae Heinsohn of Lake 
Isabella. Pastor Floyd Castillo 
of Highland Chapel United 
Methodist Church officiated. 

Willa Mae Heinsohn was 
born in Nacogdoches, Texas, 
on April 8,1911. She has been 
a resident of Kern County for 
more than 45 years. She had 
spent 50 years of her life as a 
seamstress. One of her loves 
of life was that of fishing ... and 
for a while, even supplemented 
her income by digging earth- 
worms for fishing bait. She was 
an independent spirit and en- 
joyed life to its fullest. 

She died on January 3, 
1998, at the Kern Valley Hos- 
pital Nursing Center. 

Willa Mae is survived by her 
sister,. Verona Hartjes, of Long 
Beach; niece, Linda Emery, 
and her husband, Jerry, of El 
Centre, California; grand niece, 
Mandy Williams, and her hus- 
band, Jeremy, of El Centro, 
California; and great-grand- 
nephew. Christian Williams, of 
El Centro, California. 

Arrangements by 

Ridgecrest Mortuary. 



Marguerite Louise 
Venable 

Funeral services were held 
for Marguerite Louise Venable 
on January 10, 1998, at the 
Rose Chapel in Lake Isabella 
with Pastor Carlos Fandino of 
the First Church of the 
Nazarene in Lake Isabella offi- 
ciating. Marguerite was born 
in New York, New York, on 
August 28, 1925, to her par- 
ents, Michael and Lyda Baraldi. 
During her life, she survived 
two husbands, Bud Rose and 
Bill Venable. 

She was a former resident 
of Chatsworth, California, and 
12 years ago. Marguerite 
picked up her roots and trans- 
planted them to the Kern Val- 
ley area, eventually residing in 
Wofford Heights. She then 
nurtured her new roots until 
they took a firm hold in the 
community. She played an 
active part in the lives of her 
children and her family and 
special friends. 

Marguerite is survived by 
three daughters, Michele 
Palme, of Lake Isabella; Donna 
Fay of Lake Isabella; and Chris- 
tina Gabaig of Panorama City, 
California. Also by one brother- 
in-law. Gene Trey Baraldi, of 
Iowa and four grandchildren, 
Sean Arms, Paul Arms, and 
Amanda Arms, all of Lake Isa- 
bella, and by Shana Gabaig of 
Panorama City. Marguerite 
also has one great-grandchil- 
dren, Dylan Gabaig, of Pan- 
orama City. She will be truly 
missed by all those of whom 
■■ she loved and by all those who 
loved her. She will be deeply 
missed. 



Pauline Elizabeth 
Mershon 

Graveside services were 
held on Tuesday, January 1 3, 
1998 at 1 p.nn. at the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights for Mrs. Pauline 
Elizabeth Mershon. Officiating 
were the Women ofthelVloose. 

Mrs. Mershon is survived by 
her son David Mershon of Bod- 
fish; her sister Olivene Shuster 
of Canton, Ohio; and her sis- 
ter-in-law, Harriet Hunter o1 
Portsmouth, Ohio. 

Pauline was born July 9, 
1924 and passed away or 
January 2, 1 998 at San Joaquir 
Hospital in Bakersfield. She 
wasamemberoftheW.O.T.M 
#1297 Kern Valley, formei 
member of the W.O.T.M. #976 
Redondo Beach, F.O.E. #935 
Auxiliary Redondo Beach, anc 
F.O.E. #3156 Auxiliary of Mt. 
Mesa. 

Pauline Mershon will be 
greatly missed by all who knev\ 
and loved her. 

ArrangerWbnts by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday, January 14, 1998 



Mary G. 
Hilderbrand 

Graveside services were 
held December 30, 1997 for 
Mary G. Hilderbrand who 
passed away December 27, 
1997, in Mt. Mesa. Mrs. 
Hilderbrand was born April 8, 
1 91 7 in Snyder, Texas. 

She worked for the Safeway 
Stores for 28 years before re- 
tiring. 

She was a resident of Wof- 
ford Heights for 35 years. 

Mrs. Hilderbrand is survived 
by her four sons, Terry Moore 
of Eugene, Oregon; Robert 
Moore of Lake Isabella; 
George Moore of Bakersfield; 
and John Fields of Los Osos, 
California; and many grand- 
sons and great-grandsons. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Margaret "Peggy" 
Frances Farrell 

A Catholic mass was held 
on Wednesday, January 7, 
1998, at St. Jude's Catholic 
Church in Wofford Heights at 
10 a.m. for Margaret Farrell, 
who passed away on January 
3, 1998, in Lake Isabella. 

Margaret was born in 
Longmont, Colorado on Feb- 
ruary 21, 1906. She moved 
with her family to the San 
Joaquin Valley in 1910, grow- 
ing up in Visalia. 

She was a direct decendent 
of Richard Stockton, a signer 
of the Declaration of Indepen- 
dence, from New Jersey. Mar- 
garet was a lifelong book- 
keeper, seamstress and milli- 
ner. She lived in the Glendale 
and La Canada area before 
retiring and moving to the Lake 
Isabella area in 1971. She and 
her husband, Ferris, discov- 
ered the Kern Valley in the 
1 940's and started weekending 
in 1955. 

She was preceded in death 
by her mother, Clara Stockton 
Sampson; brother, Charles 
Pilling, and her beloved hus- 
band, Ferris. She is survived 

"Dy net son, Jay, and grand- 
sons, Jeffrey and David. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
may be made in the Margaret 
Farrell Memorial Scholarship 
Fund at St. Francis High 
School, 200 Foothill Blvd., La 
Canada, Calif. 91011 

Pall bearers were Jeffrey 
Farrell, David Farrell, Jim Rob- 
erts, Gary Garone, Earl Cole 
and Ron Frabasilio. 

Margaret will be missed by 
all whose lives she touched. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Carol Anna 
McLaughlin 

Carol Anna McLaughlin died 
January 7, 1 998, on her 89th 
birthday. 

She was active all her adult 
life in Carlsbad, California, in 
PTA and then for over 20 years 
as a volunteer with the police 
department. For more than 20 
years she was an influential 
and caring treasurer/supporter 
of the Carlsbad Girls Club. 

Carol moved to Kernville in 
1 991 where she supported the 
Kernville Museum and the Kern 
River Valley Preserve. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Don, two sons: Lee 
McLaughlin of Oceanside, 
California, and his children, 
Wendy, Pox, Linda, Doug and 
Denny McLaughlin; and Roger 
McLaughlin of Wofford Heights 
and his two children, Roger Jr. 
and Ryan. Her great-grand- 
children Nicholas, Kelly, Jes- 
sica, Dylan, Derek and Mat- 
thew have all started life in 
touch with her gentle caring. 

She quietly gave strength 
and love to so many friends, 
relatives and ex-daughter-in- 
law's aching lonely hearts; all 
reminding each other that the 



sun still comes up every day 
and the birds still sing. We 
learned that from her. 

A celebration of her life will 
be held at a later date. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday , Ja nua ry 1 4 , 1 998 



Thelma Ann 
"Peggy" Clemens 

Thelma Ann "Peggy" 
Clemens was born in AIney, 
Texas, to her parents, Travis 
and Valerie Kelley. In 1949, 
Peggy, her parents, and her 
family moved to Modesto, Cali- 
fornia. They resided there for 
three years and then headed 
south to Compton, California, 
where the family put down long- 
term ties to the community. 
There Peggy's parents raised 
their family and that's where 
she truly became a family ori- 
ented individual. She learned 
to love her family fiercely and 
built a strong emotional base 
that would carry her through 
all of the trials and tribulation 
of her life. 

In 1991, Peggy moved to 
the Kern Valley area, residing 
in Lake Isabella. There she 
found a place to use her tal- 
ents at gardening, planting and 
yardwork. She loved planting 
trees and working hard to make 
her home intaher castle. Even 
greater than her love of the 
outdoors was her love for ani- 
mals. She held an especially 
big place in her heart for dogs. 
She would pick up every stray 
that would walk down the road. 
The greatest love of all, though, 
was the love of her children 
and grandchildren. As she was 
loved, she loved them fiercely. 
That fierce love, however, was 
not enough to keep her here 
with us. She heard the calling 
of the Lord and she went home. 
On January 1 , 1 998, Thelma 
Ann "Peggy" Clemens passed 
away in Los Angeles. Funeral 
services were held on January 
8, 1998, at St. Jude's Catholic 
Church in Wofford Heights, 
with Father Jim Kudilil celebrat- 
ing her life. Peggy is now with 
the Lord. "We love you, we 
miss you, and we're proud to 
be a part of yourfamily." Peggy 
will be truly misse d. 



Peggy is survived by her 
mother, Valerie Kelley. of Uke 
^abelia; her son, Kelley Lei 
Clemens, of Lake Isabella- her 
s.ster,PatriciaComett of Ch- 
ange County; and her sister 
Joy Kelley. of PaJm Desert 
California. Her son, Donald 
I ravis Clemens, preceded her 
in death in 1993. She is also 
survived by three grandchil- 
dren, Natasha Ann Clemens, 
n .P^.^'^ Clemens, and 
Donald Clemens, all of whom 
rn"^? '"Denver, Colorado. 
Charles M. Clemens also sur- 
vives her. 




Fern Mae Zackula 

Fern Mae Zackula, age 72, 
a resident of Wofford Heights 
for 17 years, died November 
13, 1997, at her daughter's 
home in Sumner, Washington 
after a two-year battle with 
cancer. Fern was born in 
Colwich, Kansas, on June 1 6, 
1925. She served as a teach- 
ers aide for 15 years at 
Woodrow Wallace Elementary. 
She was a member of Kern 
River Chapter #643 OES and 

See OBITS o n page A1 



Bill Levescy 

Bill Levescy passed away 
on December 19, 1997 at the 
age of 69. He was born in 
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on 
Julys, 1928. Bill lived in Wel- 
don for the last 6 years of his 
life. 

Bill retired to Weldon after 
25 years as a dedicated letter 
carrier for the U.S. Postal Ser- 
vice in Huntington Beach, Cali- 
fornia. He loved Weldon and 
the fhends and neighbors he 
had there. 

Bill is survived by his wife of 
1 2 years, Marjory Levescy. He 
is also survived by his step- 
children. Bill and Janelle Ruyf 
of Omaha, Nebraska; Mike 
Ruyf of Sphngfield, Missouri.; 
Vanessa Ruyf of Huntington 
Beach, California; Jim and 
Gloria Michael of Bethany, 
Oklahoma, as well as 1 3 grand- 
children and 4 great-grandchil- 
dren. Bill also left behind a 
brother, Jerome Wilson and 
his wife Tillie of Wheathdge, 

Colorado and his sister-Tn-law 
Rose Levescy of Oklahoma 
City, Oklahoma. 

Cremation and services 
held at Westminster Memonal 
Park in Westminster, Califor- 
nia. 



Carol Anna 
McLaughlin 

Carol Anna McLaughlin died 
January 7, 1998, on her 89th 
birthday. 

She was active all her adult 
life in Carlsbad, California, in 
PTA and then for over 20 years 
as a volunteer with the police 
department. For morelha7r20~ 
years she was an influential 
and canng treasurer/supporter 
of the Carlsbad Girls Club. 

Carol moved to Kernville in 
1991 where she supported the 
Kernville Museum and the Kern 
River Valley Preserve. 

She is survived by two sons- 
Lee McLaughlin of Oceanside 
California, and his children' 
yVendy Pox, Linda. Doug and 
Denny McLaughlin; and Roger 
McLaughlin of Wofford Heights 
and his two children, Roger Jr 



Wednesday, jA>fUARY 21,1 998 



Joseph Harold 
Wagner 

Joseph Harold Wagnerwas 
born in Kernville on April 2, 
1 962 and went to be with the 
Lord on January 1 3, 1 998. He 
passed away at Mercy Hospi- 
tal in Bakersfield from compli- 
cations of the flu. 

Joe lived in Kernville all his 
life. He loved the river and 
mountains and all of God's 
creatures. He was an artist and 
craftsman who could take any 
object and create something 
beautiful. 

His survivors include his life 
partner, Kenny Loser; his par- 
ents, Bruce and Shirley 
Wagner; brothers, Dan of Kern- 
ville; John of Wofford Heights; 
Jack, Shawn, Eric and Jason, 
also of Kernville; sister and 
brother-in-law, Shirlin and 
Charles Linton, of Wofford 
Heights; sisters, Mary and 
Shelly of Kernville; his Nana 
Trudy Dickson, also of Kern- 
ville; uncle, Larry Wagner, of 
Inyokern; aunts, Judy 
Henderson, of Oildale, and 
Lynda McDonald of Torrance; 
six nieces, three nephews, one 
great-nephew, and lots of 
cousins. He is also survived by 
special brothers, Larry and 
Robert Doty; employer and 
friends, Pat and Diane Dodds; 
as well as many, many friends 
who loved him and will miss 
him. 

Please join in a celebration 
of Joe's life at the Family Life 
Center in Wofford Heights on 
Saturday, January 24, 1 998 at 
11 a.m. 



Mary C. Ball 

A private service was held 
a^ Rose Hills Cemetery in 
Whittier, California, on Janu- 
ary 9, 1998 for Lake IsabeTa 
resident Mary C Ball 

' 29^?;']fi"i^'y°"2^P^e^ber 
iLithl ' ^^® "^Q^ed to Ohio 

, wither parents at age 9 She 
married Harold Ball in 1949 

d M •■^^® ^°ved to Lake 
Isabella in 1 978. 

Mary is survived by three 

Omi^^^lvf' J^^' Burton of 
S"g5?; Nebraska; Judi Krel 

Anna S^'' pf^°'^>^> and 
Anna Kelly of Buena Park 

Rac?' o?' S^^^^'^^«^3, Fran 
Hach of Deerfield, Ohio- 
Teresa Black of Nor^h Palm 
Beach. Florida; and CarmI S 
Hoskins of Winder, GeoTgi^ 
and two brothers, Joe 
Barberine of Lancaster. Call 
PrS^n'^S^^'^Barbedneof 

chiHr?'"^' °J"°' ^*9h^ grand- 
children and several oreat- 

grandchildren ^ 

ber of the Moose Lodge and 

could usually be seen playinq 
bingo at the Moose or VFW 
bhe enjoyed catfishing at the 

tionately known as "Catfish" 



Wednesday, January 21, 1998 




Beryl M. Neeley 

Services were held for Beryl 
M. Neeley at St. Jude's Catho- 
lic Church on Wednesday, 
January 14, 1998. She was 
interred at Kern Valley Cem- 
etery. Mrs. Neeley passed 
away on Sunday, January 1 1 , 
1 998, after a short illness. She 
was 84 years old. 

In August of 1 964, Beryl met 
and married her present hus- 
band. Earl C. Neeley. They 
moved to the Kern Valley in 
1965, making their home in 
Wofford Heights. 

Beryl accepted a position 
as the first administrator of 
Kern Valley Hospital. She 
helped to plan, organize and 
initiate the operations of a full 
service hospital. Beryl was also 
instrumental in bringing the first 
doctor to the Valley. Her hus- 
band, Earl, was a business- 
man who owned and operated 
several businesses in the Lake 
Isabella area. 

Beryl left the hospital to join 
her husband in opening and 
operating the Sears Catalogue 
store in Lake Isabella. She 
continued this work until her 
retirement in 1975. 

After retirement, Beryl and 
Earl began travelling, explor- 
ing many parts of the country. 
They enjoyed camping, hunt- 
ing and fishing, much of it along 



the beautiful Kern River. 

A major role in their lives 
was played by their activities 
in various social organizations 
in the valley. 

Beryl and Eart were very 
active in the Elks Club, Beryl 
being a past president of the 
Ladies of the Elks and a 52 
year member of the Rebekahs. 
They also participated actively 
with the Moose Lodge and the 
Beamers Bottle Club. 

As well as being very active 
in the community. Beryl was 
known for her musical talents. 
She began playing the pipe 
organ in her church when she 
was 1 6 years old and contin- 
ued for love of the organ 
throughout her life. 

Her leisure time activities 
included reading, sewing and 
knitting. She also loved to cook. - 
She enjoyed entertaining, hav- 
ing company dinners and en- 
joying people. 

Beryl was born Beryl 
Josephine Bertrand in Dover, 
Missouri on October 15,1913. 
Her mother's maiden name 
was Sophia Mae Shumaker 
and her father was Bertie Ed- 
ward Bertrand. She had one 
sister. Vera. 

At age 22, Beryl married 
Raymond C. Martin in Lexing- 
ton, Missouri. They moved to 
the Los Angeles are shortly 
thereafter. They had two chil- 
dren, Daniel Bertrand Martin 
(deceased) and Janice C. 
Martin. They remained in the 
Los Angeles area for the next 
25 years, making their home in 
Bellflower and Norwalk. 

Beryl began her career as a 
bookkeeper, later entering the 
medical field. She attended 
school in the evenings while 
working and caring for her fam- 
ily. 

Her previous position be- 
fore moving to the Kern Valley 
was supervisor of the Medical 
Records Department at 
Bellwood General Hospital in 



Bellflower and Lakewood Gen- 
eral Hospital in Lakewood. 

She served in this capacity 
for many years. Among her 
achievements during this time, 
she began teaching in the 
medical records field at 
Cerritos Junior College. She 
continued to teach after losing 
her first husband following a 
brief illness. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Earl C. Neeley of Wof- 
ford Heights, a daughter, 
Janice C. Wales of Phoenix, 
Arizona, a stepdaughter, Sylvia 
Peterson of Sheridan, Mon- 
tana, five grandchildren and 
eight great-grandchildren. 

Beryl will be deeply missed 
by her husband, family, friends 
and all who knew and loved 
her. 



Clytie Allen 

Memorial serviceswere held 
Friday, January 16, 1998, for 
Clytie Allen at the Highland 
Chapel United Methodist 
Church in Lake Isabella. Clytie 
passed away on Wednesday, 
January 1 4, 1 998 at the age of 
92. 

She was born in Sterling, 
Illinois, and moved to Califor- 
nia in 1 908. She lived in Studio 
City and Ventura before mov- 
ing to Lake Isabella. Recently 
she lived at The Burlington in 
Wofford Heights. 

Clytie was preceded in death 
by her husband of 62 years, 
Paul Allen; her granddaugh- 
ter, Patricia Horn; and great- 
grandson, Aarorl Horn. She is 
survived by her daughter, Jean 
Obert and her husband of Lake 
Isabella; her son, Charles Allen 
and his wife of Kailua Kona, 
Hawaii; six grandchildren, 13 
great-grandchildren and two 
great-great-grandchildren. 



Wednesday, jA>njARY 21,1 998 



8 



Alys Violet 

Reimoid 

VanOrsdol 

Memorial services were held 
on January 14, 1998 at the 
Family Life Center in Wofford 
heights, California. The ser- 
vices honoring Alys were by 
pastor Brian Polston, family 
and friends. Alys passed away 
after a long illness on Sunday, 
January 11,1 998 in her home 
with her loving family. She was 
born in East Orange, New Jer- 
sey, on October 23, 1 928. She 
moved to Santa Monica in 
1940, where she lived and 
graduated from Van Nuys High 
School in 1946. Alys met her 
husband Bill in 1950 at Vons 
#17. She married him on No- 
vember 8, 1952. Alys and Bill 
lived with their three children 
in San Fernando, California, 
until 1963 and in Simi Valley, 
California, until 1985. She re- 
tired from Vons in 1985, after 
35 years , and moved to Wof- 
ford Heights, near the Kern 
River and Lake Isabella. 

Alys has always belonged 
to numerous organizations; 
some included her loving 
church. Family Life Center 
("hersecondfamily"), the Kern 
River Valley Historical Soci- 
ety, Friends of the Library, Kern 
River Valley Art and Knitting, 
South Fork Women's Club, the 
Elk's Club, and the Golf Club. 
Alys loved life and lived life to 
its fullest extent. The family 
would like to extend their sin- 
cerest appreciation to Dr. 
Olivera and Robby, Dr. 
Runman, Doreen Schneider, 
and friends for helping take 
care of our lovely Mother and 
Wife. .. 



Alys is survived by her hus- 
band. Bill VanOrsdol of Wof- 
ford Heights; Her brother Jerry 
Luther of Garfield Bay, Idaho; 
her sister Phyllis Lorimer of 
Oceanside, California; her 
sons Steve VanOrsdol of Santa 
Paula, California and Robert 
VanOrsdol of Quartz Hill, Cali- 
fornia; and her daughter Cindy 
(V.O.) Merwin of (Weaverville) 
Junctior) City, California. Alys 
is also-survivedby-het-graod- 
dhildren, Lori VanOrsdol of 
Simi Valley; Justin VanOrsdol 
of Carbondale, Colorado; and 
Naomi Merwin and Julian 
Beebe of (Weaverville) Junc- 
tion City, California. In lieu of 
flowers, donations can be 
made to the Kern River Valley 
Historical Society, P. O. Box 
651, Kernville, California, 
93238. 



Dr. Wayne "Doc" 
Sickler 

Dr. Wayne "Doc" Sicklerwas 
born in McCook, Nebraska, on 
October 5, 1916. He passed 
away January 11,1 998, after 
a long illness. 

He was a 50-year member 
of the American Legion where 
he was a past commander. He 
was a commander of the 
V.F.W.; 3-year president ofthe 
Men's Golf Club; and a mem- 
ber of the Elks. 

"Doc" served in the Medical 
-Corp. of the Army in charge of 
a hospital in Iceland where he 
taught medical lab techniques 
in research, performed autop- 
sies, treated the wounded ferry 
commanders. He had many 
letters commending him on his 
research on penicillin and 
sulfanilimides. 

He had his osteopathic train- 
ing in Kansas City College of 
Osteopathic Surgery in 
Kirksville, Missouri. His chiro- 
practic training was received 
in Denver, Colorado; medical 
training in Liverpool School of 
Medicine in London, England. 

He is survived by his wife, 
Estella; daughter Debby 
Hobson and Pat of Los Alamos, 
New Mexico; stepdaughters 
Darlene Dacovich and Dan of 
Fallbrook, California; Doris 
Adams and Steve of Glendora, 
California; Barbara Agger and 
Gary of San Diego; and many 
grand and great-grandchil- 
dren. "Doc" will be missed by 
^^\s loving wife and many 
friends. 

The loves of his life were his 
patients and his golf. 

A memorial service was held 
at the Elks Lodge on Thurs- 
day, January 19, 1998. In lieu 
of flowers, donations may be 
made to the Alzheimers Re- 
search Foundation. 



Marie Wilhelmina 
Mayo 

A memorial service was held 
Sunday January 25, 1998 at 
2:00 P. M. at the Lake Isabella 
Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's 
Witnesses for Marie 
Wilhelmina Mayo of Bodfish. 

Marie was born July 26, 
1 905 in Beverwijk the Nether- 
lands and died January 16, 
1 998 at Kern Valley Hospital. 
She was 92 years old. 

Marie was preceded in death 
by her husband Ed Mayo in 
1 990. She is sun/ived by her 
sons Jerry Ridgman of Bod- 
fiah; Duane Ridgman of 
Placentia, California; brother 
Garrett Joor of Corona, Cali- 
fornia; sisters Berdena 
McNamara of Bellvedra, Cali- 
fornia; Viola Owens of 
Escondldo, California; 3 grand- 
children and 5 great grandchil- 
dren. 

Arrangements by Ridge- 
crest Mortuary. 



George Artman 

Private arrangements were 
! made for George Artman who 
passed away in Mt. Mesa, 
California on January 22, 1 998. 
George was born January 14, 
1 91 5 in the County of Burleigh, 
North Dakota and has been a 
resident of the Kern River Val- 
ley for 42 years. 

George was a bus driver for 
24 years for Woodrow Wallace 
Elementary School. He and his 
wife belonged to the Dam 
Dancers Square Dance Club 
for many years. He was a born 
again Christian and worked in 
various Christian Ministries. 

George was preceded in 
death by his wife Cecila in Apnl 
of 1995. He is sun/ived by his 
daughter Connie Romer of 
Fontana, California and 2 sis- 
ters, Ada Saunders of Long 
Beach, California and Annette 
I Simpson of Palm Desert, Cali- 
fornia. 

Arrangements by Valley 

I Mortuary. 



WednesdayJaniiary28J^ 



Rene B. Gardner 

Rene B. Gardner died Janu- 
ary 20, 1998 in his Lake Isa- 
bella home after a long illness. 
He grew up in Bakersfield, at- 
tending local schools, and was 
In business there for over 25 
years. After retirement, he and 
his wife of 57 years, Jean, 
made their home in Squirrel 
Valley overlooking the lake. 
Rene enjoyed hunting, fishing, 
travelling around the U. S. in 
his motorhome, and taking 
daily walks with his hunting 
dog. 

He is survived by his wife,. 
Jean; daughter, Lorraine of 
Brentwood, California; sister, 
Berniece Kildebeck of Seal 
Beach, California; brother, 
Doug of Bonita, Calif ornia^^ 
nieces'ln^ nephews of Cos 
Angeles and San Diego; and 
cousins in California, Oregon, 
and Ahzona. He will be missed 
by his family and friends. 

At the request of the de- 
ceased, no funeral services will 
be held. Inurnment will be at 
Greenlawn Mortuary, River 
Boulevard, Bakersfield. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Robert Paul 
Romaine 

Homaine who d3<;cqw 
onJa„„a^,e°,gr«,-ay 

^^rrangements by Valley 



Margaret 
Hunnington 



Wednesday, February 4. 1998 



Memorial services were held 
for Margaret Hunnington, age 
75, on Saturday, January 24, 
1998 at 1 p.m. at the Rose 
Chapel in Lake Isabella. Mar- 
garet passed away at home on 
January 1 9, 1 998. She entered 
life on March 3, 1922, in the 
sleepy little town of Graceville, 
Minnesota. Born to her par- 
ents, Hubert and OIlie 
Docherty, she was raised hav*- 
ing solid mid-western -value*- 
and an abiding faith in the Lord, i 
In her life, she raised a won- _ 
derful family and taught them 
the values that she had learned 
in her life. She became a pillar 
of strength for her family and ' 

friends tTiat she held deaTTSPie" 
prided herself on being a true 
and devoted wife, mother, 
mentor, and friend. 

After moving to Canoga 
Park, California, Margaret be- 
gan working for the Canoga 
Park Community Hospital, 
where she continued to be of 
service to other people. She 
continued to play an important 
part in her family's lives. 

In 1978, Margaret, after re- 
siding in Canoga Park for a 
number of years, made the 
decision to move to the Kern 
River Valley, settling down in 
Lake Isabella. After being in 
the valleyforawhile, she found 
a true church home, the Kern 
Valley Bible Church. There she 
found a new church family and 
endeavored to help all those 
around her. She always knew 
when to give a kind word. She 
always knew when to help 
when it was needed. She will 
be truly missed by all those 
who love her, and her absence 
will be greatly felt. 

Margaret is survived by two 
daughters, Ginger Harley, of 
Glendora, California; and 
Gloria Linkert, of Rosemount, 
Minnesota; and by three sons, 
Dick Johnson, of Dazey, North 
Dakota; Tom Johnson of 



Clinton, Minnesota; and 
Charles Guse of Apple Valley, 
Minnesota. Margaret has two 
sun/iving sisters, Anna Hamner 
and Mildred Hanson, both of 
Minnesota; and one surviving 
brother, Robert Docherty, of 
Seattle, Washington. She is 
also survived by her grandchil- 
dren, Michael Bell, James Bell, 
Allen Johnson, Robert 
Johnson, Jody Johnson, Chad 
Linkert, Wade Linkert, DeAnna 
Guse, and Allison Guse. 



Clebborn "Ozzie" 
Asbiil 

Clebborn Asbiil, "Ozzie" to 
most who knew him, passed 
away January 23, 1998, in 
Bodfish. 

He is survived by his wife, 
Leavone; daughter and son- 
in-law, Jo Ann and Phil 
Hartsfield; two granddaugh- 
ters, Melanie Tierney and 
Kasey Pixler; three great- 
grandchildren, Kelsey, Kolton 
and Michael. He is also sur- 
vived by his two sisters, Thelma 
Young and Deann Walters, and 
brother, Donald Asbiil. 

Ozzie enjoyed people and 
many activities that kept him 
outdoors. 

He has touched so many 
lives and we all will miss him. 



Alfredo M. 
Gallego 

Alfredo M. Gallego, wid- 
owed in 1 982, father, grandfa- 
ther, great-grandfather, great- 
great-grandfather, passed 
away Saturday, January 24, 
1998, at Kern Valley Nursing 
Center. He moved to Lake Isa- 
bella in 1982. 

His wife, Maria Luisa, 
passed away in 1 982. He had 
three children - a son, Ignacio 
Gallego, of Phoenix, Arizona; 
a daughter, Lydi Rael, of Albu- 
querque, New Mexico; a 
daughter, Lucille Miller, of San 
Jose, California; 1 1 grandchil- 
dren, 20 great-grandchildren 
and five great-great-grandchil- 
dren. 

He was buried on Wednes- 
day, January 28, 1 998, at Kern 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights. 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 



Lucille Lindberg 

Funeral services were held 
for Lucille Gertrude Lindberg 
on January 23, 1998, at the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery. 
Lucille was 78 years of age. 
She was born in Philadelphia, 
Pennsylvania, on October 3, 
1919, to her parents, Alden 
Dalton Taylor and Hettie 
Genievieve Taylor. On June 
1 4, 1 938, in Elkton, Maryland, 
Lucille married the love of her 
life, Fredrick Carl Lindberg. 

In 1947, Fredrick's company 
w^~expariding, and he and 
Lucille moved to California, 
then residing in Stockton. It 
was in California that Lucille 
truly began to shine, becom- 
ing a wonderful wife and proud 
TriofheTwho loved her family to~ 
the utmost extent. She was 
many things to her family - 
devoted wife, loving mother, 
family peacekeeper, mediator, 
and most of all, a friend. After 
living in Stockton, Lucille and 
Fredrick moved to Corona and 
in 1977, Fredrick and Lucille 
retired and moved to the Kerri 
River Valley, then settling down 
in Lake Isabella. There, Lucille 
continued to be all things to 
her family. 

But awhile back, Lucille was 
diagnosed with cancer. Dur- 
ing this time, the whole famiy 
was able to say all the things 
that were needed to be said to 
one another. Through her life, 
Lucille had always been a 
fighter,, but sometimes in our 
lives, we don't always win our 
fights, and this one was lost. In 
the wee hours of the morning 
of January 21, 1998, Lucille 
passed away. But in her pass- 
ing, her family gained her 
strength. All who knew and 
loved her and of whom she 
loved, will truly feel her ab- 
sence, but will be comforted in 
knowing that she went home. 
We love you. 

Lucille is survived by her 
husband of • 59 years, 
Frederick; her son, Fredrick 

Cari Undberg Jr., of VictorviITer 
her daughter, Patricia Lucille 
Newman, Bullhead City, Ari- 
zona; and her daughter, Carol 
Lee Simms. 

Services arranged by the 
Lake lsabe lla_Funeral Home. 



Wednesday, February 4, 1998 




Theodore Eugene 
Sweet 

A memorial service was held 
Sunday, February 1 , 1 998 at 2 
p.m. at Valley Mortuary Chapel 
for Theodore Eugene Sweet 
of Lake Isabella. Officiating 
was Pastor Oren Ice of the 
First Baptist Church of Lake 
Isabella. 

Mr. Sweet was born May 
1 0, 1 928 in Buffalo, New York, 
and passed away January 26, 
1998 in Mt. Mesa. He was a 
resident of the Kern Valley for 
six years. He retired from 20th 
Century Fox after 25 years, 
cind he was a member of the 
Moose Lodge and the VFW. 
He was a avid fisherman and 
loved woodworking. 

He is survived by his wife of 
48 years, Marie; his daughter, 
Cynthia Meyers of Lake Isa- 
bella; son Christopher Sweet 
of Pomona; son and daughter- 
in-law, Larry and Kathy Sweet, 
of West Covina; son and 
daughter-in-law, Jim and 
Michelle Sweet, of Lake Isa- 
bella; four grandchildren; 
brother, Norbert Sweet, of Tor- 
rance; sister, Helen Borowski, 
of New York; and sister. Sue 
Fitzgerald, of Patterson, Cali- 
fornia. He will be missed by all. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Tennyson William 
Thelbert Lewis 

On January 29, 1998, me- 
morial services were held at 
the First Baptist Church in Lake 
Isabella for Tennyson William 
Thelbert Lewis, who passed 
away on January 25, 1998, in 
Mountain Mesa. He was born 
in Lively, Virginia, to his par- 
ents, Thelbert and Hettie, on 
" Decern ber 28, 19TT: After 
growing up on the East Coast, 
in 1 940, he entered the United 
States Civil Service and be- 
came an engineering techni- 
cian. 

In the 1950s he moved to 
California and continued work- 
ing in his field. Tennyson 
strived to be a good provided 
for his family and became a 
devoted family man. After 31 
years with the Civil Service, in 
1 971 he retired and moved to 
the Kern River Valley area, 
settling down in Bodfish. He 
and his wife. Hazel, then be- 
came very active in the com- 
munity, becoming members of 
theirk church, joining the 55+ 
Club. He joined the Men's Fel- 
lowship in the church. 
Tennyson loved playing cards, 
gardening, and most of all, 
cooking. He was a great cook. 
All together, he and Hazel lived 
well and were very happy. But 
on January 25, Tennyson Wil- 
liam Thelbert Lewis, loving hus- 
band and father, passed away 
in Mountain Mesa. He has 
gone home to be with his 
maker. He will be very much 
missed by all who loved him. 

Tennyson is survived by his 
wife. Hazel, of Bodfish; and his 
daughter, Peggy Kipp, of 
Aloha, Oregon. He is also sur- 
vived by his stepdaughter, 
Doris Ferguson, of Riverside; 
his stepson, Jswnes Temple, of 
Ridgecrest; and his stepson, 
John Temple, of Palm Desert. 
His first wife, Gracie Lewis, 
and his son, William, preceded 
him in passing. 



Elton Marion 
Nelson 

Elton Marion Nelson was 
born in Kern County Decem- 
ber 12,191 4. He passed away 
in Lake Isabella January 24, 
1998. He farmed in the Lam- 
ent area but was also an avid 
sportsman going on yearly trips 
to Wyoming and Colorado, 
hunting deer, elk, moose and 
antelope. He also enjoyed 
camping and fishing in the 
Bishop and Sequoia country 
where Elton was usual!y the 
chief cook. 

When he retired, he and his 
wife Ethel moved to Baywood 
Park where they fished for haJi- 
but. Ethel often caught the 
larger ones, Elton being busy 
handling the boat. But his love 
for the mountains drew them 
to Lake Isabella where they 
designed and built one of their 
several homes. He loved work- 
ng with wood. 

After Chhstmas each year 

they would go camping to 
Quartzite and Arizona, return- 
ing to Lake Isabella in March. 
For several years they enjoyed 
this trailer camping with a group 
of the same friends. 

Elton belonged to the Dan- 
ish Brotherhood Lodge #319 
and two CB groups, including 
the KRV CB'ers. He greatly 
enjoyed camp-outs with this 
latter group, including the many 
steak barbecues and fish frys 
they held around the 
lakeshore. He liked these 
potlucks and was one of the 
chief french-fry cooks at many 
of them. 

Elton Nelson was known for 
helping out friends and neigh- 
bors with his many skills when- 
ever he was needed. His hos- 
pitality and friendliness will be 
missed. 

He is survived by his loving 
wife of 60 years, Ethel C. 
Nelson; daughter and 
sonnn-law Lena Mari e and 
"Eoyce Stull; grandchildren 
Cinde Home and Louis Stull; 
his sister Pauline Jacobsen 
and her daughter Margaret 
Southwick; numerous nieces, 
nephews and three 
sister-in-laws. 

A very pnvate memorial was 
held in his home. 



Wednesday, February 25, 1998 



I Wayne Egbert 
Icenogle 

Funeral services were held 
Friday February 20, 1998 at 
2:00 PM at First Baptist Church 
of Lake Isabella, for Wayne E 
Icenogle, 70, of Weldon, CA 
who went to be with the Lord 
on Friday Febaiary 13, 1998. 
Officating was Pastor David 
Snow. 

Wayne was born Septem- 
ber 9, 1927 in Rushville, Illi- 
nois, son of Henry and Amelia 
(Egbert) Icenogle. He married 
Elva K. Sherrill on December 

19, 194B~m Rushvirr^TTTr.- 
Wayne served his country in 
the Navy during WWII in the 
Philippines. 

Wayne and Elva lived in 
Altona, Illinois for 38 years 
before moving to this area. 
During his lifetime he was a 
farmer, school bus driver and 
self employed carpenter and 
handyman. He helped estab- 
lish a Church in Gaiva, Illinois . 
and he has been involved in 
his local Church, the First Bap- 
tist Church in Lake Isabella, 
leading Bible studies. He loved 
being outdoors, hunting, fish- 
ing and the Redwoods. He 
enjoyed working with wood. 

Wayne is survived by his 
wife Elva of Weldon, Ca.; a 
sister Phillis Marlow of Golden, 
III.; son Gary Wayne Icenogle 
and daughter-in-law Sheryl of 
Galesburg, III.; a daughter 
Carolyne Ann Beiomme and 
_ son-in-lawWilmann of Lincoln, 
III.; two granddaughters,' 
Angeletta Gargano of Weldon, 
Ca. and MaryAnn Icenogle of 
Galesburg, III.; one grandson, 
Stephen Belhomme of Lincoln, 
III.; numerous nieces and neph- 
ews, cousins whom he dearly 
loved. Memorials maybe made 
to the family, in care of Elva 
Icenogle 5009 Yokut Ct. Wel- 
don, CA 93283. 
Arrangements by Valley 



Bernice Beck 

Bernice Beck was born on 
April 26, 1923 in St. Louis, 
Missouri. She died on January 
25,1998 in Bakersfield, Cali- 
fornia. 

Bernice lived in l_ake Isa- 
bella. She was a member of 
St. Jude's Altar and Rosary 
Society. 

She is sadly missed by her 
children, grandchildren and 
brother. 

Robert L. 
Hornbeak 

Robert L. Hornbeak died on 
February 6, 1 998 at the age of 
70 years. 

Robert was born in 
Newberg, Tennessee. He lived 
in Bell Gardens, California for 
many years before retiring to 
Lake Isabella, California. He 
felt the lake was his home. 

Robert served in the U. S. 
Navy and later made his living 

as a roofing contractor. 

Robert is survived by his 
dauqhter, Janet Lepowsky and 

Sdaughters, Breana and 
Kennaind his many fnends. 



Katherine 
Lorraine Snider 

Memorial services were held 
at the Kemville United Meth- 
odist Church on February 20 ' 
1998 for Katherine Lorraine' 
Snider. Officiating was Pastor 
John Carpenter. 

Kathe rine was bom in Grand 



Rapids, Michigan on January 
8, 1 91 8. Her residency in Kern- 
ville spanned 24 years. Over 
time, she had been a member 
of the United Methodist 
Women, South Fork Women's 
Club and Grandmother's Club. 

Surviving her are her hus- 
band of 56 years, Cari Snider 
of Kemville; son, Michael and 
wife Marilyn of Holton, Kan- 
sas; sister, Harriet Guernsey 
of Panorama City; three grand- 
children and four great-grand- 
children. 

Profound thanks are offered 
to all who have, through love 
and caring, enhanced her life 
and have caused the family a 
less painful recovery from this 
inexpressible loss. 



James Leonard 
Cherry 

Graveside services were 
conducted on Dec. 11, 1997, 
at the Kern River Valley Cem- 
etery by Pastor Floyd R. 
Castillo. 

Leonard was born on March 
16,191 2, in Denver, Colorado, 
to Angus Leonard Cherry and 
Adda Rockerfeller Cherry. We 
don't know much about his 
growing up, but we do know 
that he finished high school 
and was a member of the U.S. 
Army during World War 11 
where he served our country 
as a staff sergeant, doing one 
of the toughest jobs there, serv- 
ing as a medic. He served from 
Feb. 16, 1942 until Nov. 6, 
1 945. After being discharged 
from the Army in 1945,, he 
worked for the U.S. Govern- 
ment at Sawtell Veterans Cen- 
ter on Wilshire in Los Angeles. 
On May 5, 1 947, he married 
Vivian Taylor in St. Louis and 
took her back to California 
where'they lived whilehe con- 
tinued working for the Veter- 
ans Administration until his 
retirement in 1973 when they 
then moved to the Kern River 
Valley. 

Shortly after they arrived in 

the valley, Leonard saw the 

many needs for valley seniors. 

: In 1 976, he formed the AARP 

; Chapter #2729. 

Leonard was a real asset to 
; our community. Some of the 
; activities in which he was di- 
; rectiy involved include repre- 
i senting the Kem River Valley 
in Sacramento and Bakers- 
field, before we had formal 
senior legislation, spending 
mahy hours as his own ex- 
pense as a volunteer, doing a 
lot of travel on behalf of the 
valley seniors. 

He helped to start the 55- 
Alive driving courses to im- 
prove safety and to save 
money for insurance costs for 
seniors. 

When Gene Tackett was our 
County Supervisor and Aileen 
Swan was his representative, 
Leonard helped in the plan- 
ning and building of the Senior 
Center. 



He worked hard to get tele- 
phones in the canyon and to 
get the County Transit system 
going to provide local trans- 
portation for our seniors. 

He was highly respected 
wherever he appeared on our 
behalf and he was recently 
honored with a plaque from 
AARP which now hangs in the 
Senior Center. 

~"He was an active person 
who spent all of his time help- 
ing others. He did a lot of his 
work through the organizations 
that he was a part of. Some of 
those organizations include life 
member of the American Le- 
gion, charter member of AARP 
Chapter 2729, National Asso- 
ciation of Retired Federal Em- 
ployees, member of the Demo- 
cratic Club, and served on the 
Board of Directors of the Clinica 
Sien-a in Wofford Heights. 

He died on Dec. 4, 1 997. 

Leonard is survived by his 
wife of 50-plus years, Vivian; 
his brothers, Charles "Chuck" 
Cherry, of Laguna Hills, Cali- 
fornia; Bob Cherry of San 
Marcos and Dick Cherry, also 
of San Marcos. He and Vivian 
had no children. He is also 
survived by his many friends. 

Robert James 
Dunham 

Graveside services were 
held Monday, Feb. 9, 1 998 at2 
p.xn. foe Robert igmes Dun- 
ham who went to be with the 
Lord on Feb. 4, 1998. Officiat- 
ing was Pastor Bob Coy of the 
Assembly of God Church of 
Wofford Heights. 

Mr. Dunham was born Nov. 
1 1 , 1 911 in Bristow, Oklahoma 
and worked forthe Steamfitters 
Union Local 250 for over 25 
years and has been a resident 
of the Kem River Valley for 30 
years. He was a member of 
the Moose and he enjoyed fish- 
ing and gardening. 

He is survived by his wife of 
60 years, Ann Dunham; his 
son, James Potter of Fort 
Worth, Texas; daughter, 
Shirley Pace, of Lake Isabella; 
five grandchildren and nine 
great-grandchildren; and a sis- 
ter, Mary Fraley of Tulsa, Okla- 
homa. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



WT:T^NfFsr>AY. February U, 1998 



Roy Arnold 
Gibson 

Roy Arnold Gibson passed 
awayonJan. 31,1998, at the 
age of 86. He was born in 
De'vy, Oklahoma, on March 8, 

1911. 

Preceding him was his 
brothers, Charles Evertt 
Gibson and Wilson Garrett 
Gibson. Roy is survived by his 
wife of 64 years, Viloris Eliza- 
beth Gibson; and his sons. 
Chartes Roy Gibson, of Los 
Angeles; and Arnold Thiodore 
Gibson, of Cerritos, California; 
as well as five grandchildren, 
several great-grandchildren 
and four great-great-grandchil- 
dren. ^ _ ,. 
He moved to Southern Cali- 
fornia when he was very young 
and also worked there. When 
he retired, he moved to Bod- 
fish. He was active all his life in 
community service to the 
churches he worshipped in and 
to the Boy Scouts of Amenca 
where he received many 
awards of service and leader- 
ship. He also was always there 
to help his family and friends. 
Private services and bunal 
will be held at Westminster 
Memorial Pari<, Westminster, 
California. Memorial services 
will also be held at Lake Isa- 
bella First Baptist Church. Roy 
will be deeply missed by his 
family, friends and all who knew 
and loved him. 



Wednesday 



Ffbruary 11, 1998 



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Alys Violet 

Reimold 

VanOrsdol 

Memorial services were tield 
on Jan. 14, 1998, atthe Family 
Life Center in Wofford Heights. 
The services honoring Alys 
•were by Pastor Brian Polston, 
family and friends. ALys passed 
away after a long illness on 
Sunday, Jan. 11, 1998, M her 
home with her loving family. 
She was born in East Orange, 
New Jersey on Oct. 23, 1928. 
She moved to Santa Monica in 
1940, where she lived and 
graduated from Van Nuys High 
School in 1946. Alys met her 
husband, Bill, in 1950 at Vons 
#17. She married him on Nov. 
8 1952. Alys and Bill lived with 
thejrjhree childrenJrL-SaiL 
Ferhahdd, California, until 
1963 and in Simi Valley, Cali- 
fornia, until 1985. She retired 
from Vons in 1985, after 35 
years, and moved to Wofford 
Heights, near the Kern River 
and Lake Isabella. 

Alys has always belonged 
to numerous organizations, 
some included her loving 
church. Family Life Center, 
"her second family," the Kern 
River Valley Historical Soci- 
ety, Friends of the Library, Kern 
River Valley Art and Knitting, 
South Fork Women's Club, the 
Elks Club, and the Golf Club. 
Alys loved life and lived life to 
its fullest extent. The family 
would like to extend their sin- 
cerest appreciation to Dr. 
Olivera and Robby, Dr. 
Runman, Doreen Schneider, 
and friends for helping take 
care of their lovely mother and 
wife. 



She is survived by her hus- 
band. Bill VanOrsdol, of Wof- 
ford Heights; her brother, Jerry 
Luther, of Garfield Bay, Idaho; 
her sister, Phyllis Lorimer, of 
Oceanside, California; her 
sons, Steve VanOrsdol, of 
Santa Paula,. California; and 
Robert VanOrsdol, of Quartz 
Hill, California; and her daugh- 
ter, Cindy (V.O.) Menwin, of 
(Weaverville) Junction City, 
California. Alys is also survived 
by her grandchildren, Lori 
VanOrsdol of Simi Valley; Jus- 
tin Van Orsdol, of Carbondale, 
Colorado; and Naomi Merwin 
and Julian Beebe of 
(Weaverville) Junction City, 
California. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
can be made to the Kern River 
Valley Historical Society, P.O. 
Box 651 , Kernville, CA 93238. 



Maurice 
Gonzaives 

Maurice Gonzaives passed 
away Tuesday aftemoon, Jan. 
1 3, 1 998, in Fresno at the age 
of 79. Mrs. Gonzaives was a 
native of Wynnwood, Okla- 
homa. She was born on April 
14, 1918 and had resided in 
Lake Isabella for the past 38 
years. 

Mrs. Gonzaives is survived 
by her sons, Jerry Ross, of 
Arizona; and Michael Ross, of 
Yorba Linda, California; one 
sister, Melba Branam, of 
Fresno; numerous nieces and 
nephews. She is preceded in 
death by Patrick Ross and , 
Willie Rankin. _ 

Tuneral services were held 
on Friday, Jan. 23, 1998, at 
the Madera Funeral Home 
Chapel. Burial was held at the 
Kern River Valley Cemetery in 
Wofford Heights under the di- 
rection of the Lake Isabella 
Funeral Home. 



Mindie Corin 
McDonald 

Services were held at the 
Mountain View Baptist Church 
onSaturday, Feb. 7, 1998, for 
Mindie Corin McDonald, who 
went to be with the Lord on 
Sunday, Feb. 1, 1998. Pastor 
Deryl Lackey officiated. J.R. 
Manuel presided at the 
graveside services which fol- 
lowed at the Kern Valley Cem- 
etery. . „ , 

Mindie was born in Bakers- 
field on Aug. 19, 1980. She 
live in Pahrump and Las Ve- 
gas, Nevada, for eight years 
and was active in many church, 
school and community activi- 
ties including Awanas, gym- 
nastics, dance team, swim 
team, baseball and English 
horseback riding. In August 
1991 she resided in Waco, 
Texas and continued to be 
active in church and school 
activities. She then lived in 
Corpus Christi, Texas, untilthe 
summer of 1994 when she re- 
turned to the Kern River Val- 
ley. Mindie was a very charis- 
matic young lady who toughed 
everyone she csime in contact 

with. 

She is survived by her 
mother, Terry L McDonald, of 
Kernville; her father, George 
L McDonald, and his wife, 
Cindy, of Beeville, Texas; her 
brothers, Chris McDonald, and 
Danny and Robert Cook; three 
stepbrothers, Bobby, Kevin, 
and Aaron Benick; grandpar- 
ents, Pauline and Bill Loving of 
Odessa, Texas; and Rose 
Marie Robinson, of Weldon. 
Mindie has a large loving fam- 
ily of aunts, uncles, cousins 
and friends. 

Preceding her in death were 
her grandfathers, Clyde Bob 
Robinson and G.W. "Pete" 
McDonald. 



Wednesday, February 18, 1998 



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Arthur Edwin 
Kent 

Memorial services were held 
on Wednesday, Feb. 1 1 , 1998, 
for Arthur Edwin Kent at the 
Kernville Baptist Church. Offi- 
ciating was Pastor Richard 
Lewis. 

Mr. Kent was born Aug. 21 , 
1926, in Los Angeles, and 
passed away Feb. 4, 1998, in 
Wofford Heights. He was a 
resident of the Kern River Val- 
ley for 1 9 years. 

He was a member of the 
Elks, the Moose and the VFW. 
He belonged to the Pattern 
Makers Union. He was also 
very active in racing-in the dry 
lakes and later in life was a 
pioneer in the jet boat racing 
industry. 

Mr. Kent is survived by a 
son, Richard Kent, of Red Bluff, 
California; daughter, Janelle 
Kent, of San Diego; son. Art 
Kent, of Medford, Oregon; son, 
Emmett Kent, of San Diego; 
daughter, April Bevins, of Wel- 
don; eight grandchildren and 
five great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Alice C. Otwell 

Alice Corrine Otwell died at 
the Sutter Auburn Faith Hospi- 
tal in Auburn, California, on 
Feb. 8, 1 998, at the age of 83. 
She was bom in Arkadelphia, 
Arkansas on Sept. 1, 1914, 
and had been a resident of 
Auburn, California for five 
years. She was previously a 
resident of Kern County for 1 
years and Hot Springs resi- 
dent until 1951. 

She is survived by her sons, 
Wayne Otwell, of Lake of the 
Pines; and Darrell Otwell, of 
Newbury Park, California; 
daughters, Mary Ellen 
Dorough, of Hot Springs, Ar- 
kansas; Murlene Hopkins, of 
Lake of the Pines; and Linda 
Behrens, of Woodland Hills, 
California; sisters Cordelia 
Jackson, of Ft. Smith, Arkan- 
sas; and Lois Furr, of Tucson, 
Arizona; 1 1 grandchildren and 
1 5 great-grandchildren. 

Services will be held at 
Hillcrest Memorial Park Chapel 
in Bakersfield on Thursday at 
1 a.m. Memorial contributions 
in her memory may be made to 
Gideon's International and may 
be forwarded to Lassila Fu- 
neral Chapels, 551 Grass Val- 
ley Highway, Auburn, Califor- 
nia 95603. 



Wednesday, February 18, 1998 



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John Sumner 

John Sumner died Feb. 10, 
1998. He was born in Corbin, 
Kentucky in August of 1 926. 

He was active in many com- 
munity activities and held nu- 
merous leadership posts. John 
was Sr. Vice Commander In 
the D.A.V. and active in the 
V.F.W. Post #7665, in both of 
which he was a life member. 
He was also active in the 
Eagles, Bodfish Beamers, 
Charter member of Oiidale 
Moose #1222. He also held a 
Fellowship Degree in Moose 
498 in Lake Isabella. 

John was in the Navy from 
1 944 to 1 947 in the South Pa- 
cific and was involved in the 
atomic bomb testing on Bikini 
Atoll. He worked in the oil fields 
for over 30 years in California, 
South America, Australia, 
Saudi Arabia and Turkey. 

He is survived by his wife of 
30 years, Jackie; loyal and 
devoted stepdaughter, Gail 
Goar; and her son, Michael 
Dennison, of Tehachapi; a 
brother, Carl Sumner, of Ken- 
tucky; a sister, Lucille, of Wis- 
consin; three daughters and 
numerous grandchildren. 

Cremation of Mish Funeral 
Home in Oiidale and interment 
of cishes in the Veterans Cem- 
etery in Riverside, California. 

A memorial for John will be 
held on Feb. 22, 1 998 at 1 p.m. 
at the V.F.W. Hall in Lake Isa- 
bella. _ _ _^ 



Frances Aileen 
Strobi 

Memorial services were held 
on Saturday, Feb. 1 4, 1 998, at 
1 1 a.m. at the Kern River Val- 
ley Christian Church for 
Frances Aileen Strobi who 
went to be with the Lord on 
Feb. 9, 1998. Officiating was 
Pastor Duane Splawn. 

Frances was a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for 15 
years and was an active mem- 
ber of the Kern River Valley 
Christian Church until her 
health kept her from going. 

She is survived by her son 
and daughter-in-law, Jack and 
Cheryl Pence, of Arizona; and 
daughter and son-in-law, Kathy 
and Rod Roemmich, of Lake 
Isabella; Vicki and Bruce 
Redman, of Encinitas, Califor- 
nia; Susan and Jerry Phillips, 
of Washington; and daughter, 
Pat Johnston, of Cucamonha, 
California; 14 grandchildren 
and seven great-grandchil- 
dren. 

She was always so sweet 
because she loved the Lord. 
She will be greatly missed by 
all who knew and loved her. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



William Hauser 

Wiiliam Hauser, age 85, 
passed away in Bakersfield on 
Feb. 20, 1998 after a short 
illness. The fifth child of Clyde 
W. and Mary Shope Hauser, 
he was born December 27, 
1912 in Los Angeles. He at- 
tended school in Los Angeles. 

He was united in marriage 
with Irene Mae Barnard on Dec. 
24, 1 940 and to this union were 
born two sons, William G. and 
Donald E. 

Bill and Irene were active 
with children and youth orga- 
nizations in various capacities 
and always enjoyed helping 
with the PTA and Scouts. Both 
he and Irene were honored for 
their work in PTA with life mem- 
berships. Irene died on Aug. 
10, 1981. 

During World War 1 1 , Bill built 
aircraft in Southern California. 
Later he became a tool and die 
maker, designed many proto- 
types for Knickerbocker Toys 
of Los Angeles. He worked in 
the plastics industry, design- 
ing tools for Sparling Meter 
Co. of Los Angeles, as general 
manager of Dee & Dee Plas- 
tics of Pasadena, and design- 
ing and constructing prototype 
equipment for his own com- 
pany. In 1965, he "retired" to 
Bishop, operating an automo- 
tive front-end alignment ser- 
vice and gas station, before 
moving to the Lake Isabella 
area in 1976. 

It wasn't unusual to hear him 
playing one of his many har- 
monicas, maybe even one he 
modified himself. He especially 
like to make music with his 
brother, George, and brother- 
in-law (by marriage), Jim Hall. 
Bill enjoyed tinkering in his 
shop, building lapidary equip- 
ment and traveling. 

He was a member of the 
Kern River Valley Lodge No. 
8927, Free & Accepted Ma- 
sons of California, Kern Valley 
Moose Lodge #498, K.R.V. 
Senior Citizens, Lake Isabella, 
and Mountain "Airs" Citizens 
Band Radio Club, Kern River 
Valley. 

Bill is survived by his brother, 
George, of Wofford Heights; 
sons Bill and Kathie, of Layton, 
Utah; Don and Catherine, of 
LaVerne; two grandchildren, 
Denice and Matt Taooero. of 



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Kitty Hawk, North Carolina; and 
Steve and Donna Hauser of 
Sterling, Virginia; and a great- 
granchild Tappero expected in 
September; special nieces, 
Gwen, Mindy and Cheryl 
Schock, of Simi Valley; and 
Velven Lyons, La Puente. He 
is also survived by one step- 
granddaughter, Charlotte and 
Bob Reddington; three step- 
great-grandchildren, Brian Wil- 
liams, Suzy Williams, and 
Helen and Cory Stevens; and 
three step-great-great-grand- 
children, Dylan Williams, 
Breanna Stevens and Allen E. 
Stevens; and close friend, Ava 
Colescott. 

He was predeceased by his 
parents, wife Irene, sisters 
Kathleen and Myrtle and broth- 
ers Art, Charles, and a brother 
who died at birth. 

A memorial service was held 
on February 24 under the aus- 
pices of the Kern River Valley 
Masonic Lodge No. 827. His 
ashes will be scattered in the 
ancient bristlecone pine forest 
of the Inyo National Forest, 
joining Irene's. 

The family would prefer any 
remembrances be directed to- 
ward a proposed service club 
project to purchase kidney di- 
alysis equipment for the Kern 
Valley (c/o Bob Conley, Kern 
River Valley Lodge No. 87). 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Elsie Joyce 
Sherman 

Elsie Joyce Sherman, age 
88, passed away Feb. 21 , 1 998 
at Pleasant Care. She was born- 
in Winnipeg, Manitoba, 
Canada and has lived in Wof- 
ford Heights for seven years. 

She is survived by three sis- 
ters, two nephews, a grand- 



niece and great-grand- 
nephew. She lived a full life. 
She and her husband traveled 
a lot when they were younger. 
Her family shall miss her. 

Katherine 
Lorraine Snider 

Memorial services were held 
at the Kernville United Meth- 
odist Church on February 20, 
1998 for Katherine Lorraine 
Snider. Officiating was Pastor 
John Carpenter. 

Katherine was bom in Grand 
Rapids, Michigan on January 
8, 1 91 8. Her residency in Kern- 
ville spanned 24 years. Over 
time, she had been a member 
of the United Methodist 
Women, South Fork Women's 
Club and Grandmother's Club. 

Surviving her are her hus- 
band of 56 years, Cart Snider 
of Kernville; son, Dennis, of 
Anaheim; son, Michael and 
wife Marilyn of Holton, Kan- 
sas; sister, Harriet Guernsey 
of Panorama City; three grand- 
children and four great-grand- 
children. 

Profound thanks are offered 
to all who have, through love 
and caring, enhanced her life 
and have caused the family a 
less painful recovery from this 
inexpressible loss. 



1998 



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Lewis Paul 
Balthasar 

Lew was born in Pasadena, 
Caiifornia on Feb. 14, 1913 
and passed away on Feb. 21 , 
1 998, at the age of 85. He was 
the youngest of seven children, 
two of whom are surviving: his 
brother, Harry Balthasar, who 
lives in Newhali, California; and 
his sister, Mary Rehorst, of 
Laguna Hills, California. Lew 
is survived by his wife, Doris. 
They have been married al- 
most 48 years. Doris lives in 
Mt. Mesa, where they have 
resided since 1971 following 
Lew's retirement from Califor- 
nia Institute of Technology in 
Pasadena. 

He is also survived by sev- 
eral nephews, Jan Balthasar 
of Valencia; Millard Carpenter 
of San Francisco; Jack Kingan 
of E! Monte; Bill Balthasar of 
Aliso Viejo; and Bill's three 
sons, Jason, Travis and Dana 
Balthasar. 

While at Cal-Tech, Lew 
served as a supervisor of the 
"wind tunnel," testing the per- 
formance of wind resisting 
equipment, mostly dealing with 
aircraft. He worked at this dur- 
ing World War II, helping acti- 
vate many of our planes which 
were helpful in winning ourvic- 
tories during that war. 

When Lew and Doris moved 
to the Kern River Valley, in 
1971, they became active in 
many community activities - 
the. Historical Society and the 
South Lake Property Owners 
Association, of which Lew was 
a past president, to name only 
two. 

Lew was a Past Master of 
the Kern River Valley Masonic 
Lodge. He earned one of the 
greatest honors, the Hiram 
Award. He was also an active 
member of other Masonic Con- 
cordant bodies; Scottish Rite, 
York Rite and the Hiram Roam- 
ers (a play group). 



Lew was a dedicated mem- 
ber of the Weldon United Meth- 
odistChurch, 20021 Highway 
178, where a memonal ser- 
vice was held Friday, Feb. 27 
at 10:30- a.m. The Rev. Dr. 
Charles R. White officiated and 
was assisted by two Past Mas- 
ters of the Kern River Valley 
Masonic Lodge; William S. 
Turner PM and Robert "Bo" 
Williams PM. 

A small graveside service 
was held in the afternoon of 
Feb. 27, 1998 at the Bakers- 
field Union Cemetery, where 
Lew's ashes are to be interred. 



Edna Adeline 
Holsberry 

A funeral mass was held 
Friday, Feb. 27, 1998 at 10 
a.m. for Edna Adeline 
Holsberry who passed away 
Monday, Feb. 23, 1998 in Mt. 
Mesa. Edna was born Oct. 30, 
1918 in Oakley, Michigan. 

She moved to Long Beach 
from Lansing, Michigan in 1 946 
and worked as a bookkeeper 
until retiring to Lake Isabella in 
1 973. She was a member of 
the VFW Auxiliary and the 
Eagles Lodge and the Elks. 

She was preceded in death 
by her husband, William, and 
is survived by her sisters, 
Lucille Frey, of Dimondle, 
Michigan; and Beatnce Gra- 
ham, of Mission, Texas; and 
brother, R.J. Wohlfert, of 
Scottsdale, Arizona. 

Donations may be made in 
her name to St. Jude's Catho- 
lic Church. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Thelma Leotus 
Cole 

Thelma Leotus Cole passed 
away in Bakersfield on Feb. 
11, 1998. She was born on 
Oct. 13, 1910 in Lavaca, Ar- 
kansas. She had lived in and 
enjoyed the beauty of the Kern 
River Valley for nearly 40 
years. 

Mrs. Cole was preceded in 
death by her husband of 48 
years, William A. Cole, and a 
daughter, Thelma Jean Dun- 
ham. She is survived by her 
two daughters, Lorene Cole 
Weldon of Bakersfield and 
Lucille Cole Eisenhauer of 
Lake Isabella; a son, William 
A. Cole, Jr.; and a great-grand- 
son, Chad Smith, whom she 
had been guardian of for many 
years. Cha d is stationed on 
the U.S.S. Topeka, a nuclear 
sub which is believed to be in 
the Persian Gulf at this time. 
Her grandchildren include 
Daniel and Cynthia Dunham, 
Verna Overton, Lora Sliger, 
Debra Moe, Steve Perry, 
Kristine Frisch, Beth 
Eisenhauer, Greg, Stuart and 
Billy Cole and Teresa Stalford. 
She also had 1 9 great-grand- 
children who thought she was 
very special. She was greatly 
loved and will be missed by all 
her family. 



Wednesday. March 11,1 998 



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Edward Arnold 
Basham 

' Edward Arnold Basham was 
bom on July 1 , 1954 in Hardin 
County, Kentucky. He was the 
son of Harvey Arnold Basham 
and Betty A. Kiper Basham. 
He departed this life on Febru- 
ary 1 7, 1 998 at approximately 
12:30 P.M. in San Antonio, 
Texas. 

Edward is survived by a 
daughter Stacey Marie 
Basham of San Antonio, 
Texas; his mother Betty A. 
(Scharfenberg) Britt of Bod- 
fish, California; a brother Mar- 
tin L Basham of Canyon Coun- 
try, California; two sisters 
Veronica Dale Muchmore of 
Tracey, California and Ruth 
Boyd of Manhattan Beach, 
California; as well as two neph- 
ews, two nieces, five aunts and 
numerous friends. 

Edward was baptized in the 
Catholic Church and attended 
both the Catholic Church and 
the Nazarene Church where 
he was very active during his 
years at home. 

Edward was a Boy Scout 
and joined the United States 
military in his senior year of 
high school. He left home for 
basic training at Fort Ord, Cali- 
fornia upon graduation in 1 972. 
He volunteered for duty in Viet- 
nam, but never went due to the 
ending of the war. He contin- 
ued to serve in the military for 
20 years before retiring in 1 992. 

Edward went to work for the 
city of San Antonio, Texas early 
in 1 993. He served in 3 depart- 
ments, the last of which was as 
a city Code Abatement Officer. 

Edward was helping the San 
Antonio Police search forteen- 
age suspects in two home bur- 
glaries. He spotted 'them and 
was in pursuit both in his city 
vehicle and on foot when he 
died of an apparent heart at- 
tack. Edward was the first Code 
Abatement Officer to die in the 
line of duty in that city. 



The funeral was held on 
February 23, 1998 at the Mis- 
sion-Alamo Mortuary Chapel 
with Rev. Samuel Spencer..the 
San Antonio Police Depart- 
ment Chaplain and Rev. Bill 
Shockley officiating. He was 
laid to rest at Fort Sam Hous- 
ton National Cemetery in San 
Antonio, Texas. He was given 
full military/police honors in- 
cluding the missing mahHyByT 
a21 gun salute, an honor guard • 
of police cars numbering 50 
plus and the retiring of 
Edward's badge number over 
the air. 



William Henry 

William Henry passed away 
in Arizona on March 2, 1 998 at 
the age of 69. William was 
born in Hominy, Oklahoma on 
September 2, 1928. William 
was employed as a teamster 
for 35 years. He worked for ' 
Ameron Steel in Etiwanda, CA. 
William moved to Lake Isa- 
bella in 1988, where he be- 
longed to the Moose Lodge 
and the camping club. 

William is survived by his 
wife of 30 years. Marge Henry, 
his daughters Sharon Styrk of 
Fontana, California; Nancy 
Hossler of Tucson, Arizona; 
Janet Henry, residence un- 
known; Linda Frizzell of 
Etiwanda, California and Judy 
Cudmore of Bakersfield; his 
son Ron Henry of Ontario, 
California; his brother, Beeman 
Henry of Ontario, California; 
his sisters Francis Young of 
Victorviile, California and Treva 
Hallaway of Fontana, Califor- 
nia; as well as 7 grandchildren 
and 9 great grandchildren. 

William was a wonderful 
caring husband and father. We 
will miss him dearly. Private 
services will be held. 



Robert Moore 
Newsom 

Robert Moore Newsom was 
born on September 1 , 1914 in 
Charleston, South Carolina 
and passed away in Bodfish 
on March 2, 1 998 at the aqe of 
83. 

He was preceded in death 
by his loving wife of 49 years 
Marion, in 1993 and a grand- 
son, Gregory Lee Perkins in 
1986. 

He is survived by his daugh- 
ter, Patty Perkins of Bodfish; 
his daughter and son-in-law 
Jeanne and William Merrell 
also of Bodfish; his 6 grand- 
children: Tom Holcomb and 
his wife Tammy of Bodfish- 
Kelly Holcomb of Weldon- Kim 
Aguilar and her husband Joe 
of Canoga Park, California- 
Steven Ruley of Las Vegas 
Nevada; Linda and Richard 
Ruley, both of El Monte, Cali- 
fornia; 12 great grandchildren 
Holly, Aaron, Michael, Lori 
David, Steven, Jessica' 
Kelsey, Elizabeth, Debbie' 
Cassidy and Billy as well as 
one great great grandchild 
Carley Ann. 

Mr, Newsom was a Kem 

^Valley residen t for the past 22 

years "and will be greatry 

missed by all who knew him. 

No services are scheduled. 



Wednesday, iMarch 18, 1998 



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Dr. Olin Emeral 
Duncan 

On March 11, 1998, Dr. Olin 
Emeral Duncan went home to 
be with the Lord at the age of 
92 years in Wofford Heights. 
He was born on Dec. 31 , 1 905, 
in Hastin, Missouri. He ac- 
cepted Christ as his Saviour, 
May 18, 1930, in the Four- 
square Church of Sterling, 
Colorado. Olin married Jessie 
Green of Sterling, Colorado, 
on August 23, 1 932. Together, 
they went to LIFE Bible Col- 
lege in Los Angeles, graduat- 
ing in 1937. 

Their pastorates included 
Raton, New Mexico; Guymon, 
Oklahoma; Newton, Kansas; 
Kansas City, Missouri; and 
North Platte, Nebraska. In May 
of 1 957 they were appointed 
as District Supervisors of the 
WesternDistrict of Foursquare 



Churches and served in that 
capacity faithfully for 1 4 years, 
seeing a significant growth 
both in number and size of 
churches. Dr. and Mrs. Duncan 
retired from official service in 
September of 1971, but re- 
mained active in speaking en- 
gagements throughout the dis- 
trict. They moved to Wofford 
Heights in May of 1972 and 
remained active members of 
the Family Life Center Four- 
square Church. 

He is survived by his wife 
Jessie; his daughter and hus- 
band, Roberta and Frank 
Lortscher of Bakersfield; and 
his son and wife, Dick and Edie 
Duncan of Portland, Oregon. 
Dr. Duncan is also survived by 
nine grandchildren, including 
Sheryl Patterson and husband, 
Gene; Carl Magness and wife, 
Sharon; Tim Duncan and wife, 
Diana; Karen Whetsell and 
husband, Isaac; Kimberley 
Hofer and husband, Dave; 
Kathy Lortscher; Karen Roney 
and husband, Jeff; Frank 
Lortscher and Todd Lortsctier. 
He also has 1 5 surviving great- 
grandchildren, Kristi, Gene and 
Luke Patterson; Stephanie and 
Keith Magness; Alicia, Sean 
and Ryan Duncan; Angela and 
Amy Brown; Eli Whetsell; 
Kristina Hofer; and Kristin, Jus- 
tin and Alan Roney. 

Memorial services were held 
Monday, March 16, 1998, in 
the Family Life Center, Wof- 
ford Heights. Those wishing to 



honor Dr. Duncan's life may 
make donations to Foursquare 
World Missions through the 
Family Life Center, 20 West 
Panorama, Wofford Heights, 
CA 93285. 

Interment at Hillcrest Me- 
monal Park of Bakersfield. 



Paul Henry Daniel 

Paul Henry Daniel was born 
on Jan. 18, 1914 in Fairfield, 
Ohio, and passed away on 
Feb. 21, 1994. 

He joined the U.S. Navy in 
1 935 and fought in two wars. 
He retired in 1955 as Chief 
Petty Officer E-7. Paul retired 
from a job with the city of Los 
Angeles in 1 976 and moved to 

Camp James in 1 980. He loved 
Kernville and trout fishing. 

Paul is survived by one 
brother, George Daniel, two 
sons and three grandchildren. 

Donations can be made in 
his name to "Friends of the 
Kem River." For more infor- 
mation, call 760-378-2531 . 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary Funeral Directors of 
Lake Isabella. 



Wednesday, March 25, 1998 



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Leo John Adam 

A funeral mass was cel- 
ebrated at St. Jude's Catholic 
Church in Wofford Heights on 
Thursday, March 19, 1998, for 
Leo J. Adam of Lake Isabella. 
Celebrant of the mass was 
Rev. Jim Kudilil. Interment at 
Kern Valley Cemetery. Mr. 
Adam died Friday, March 13, 
1998. 

He is survived by his nine 
children: Alan Adam of Lake- 
wood, California; Alice Young 
of Topeka, Kansas; Lois 
Helland of Rice, Minnesota; 
Joyce Burlog of Sioux Falls, 
South Dakota; Tom Adam of 
Grand Forks, North Dakota; 
Evelyn McCoilough of Kirkland, 
Washington; Mary Herbold of 
Bellflower, California; Tim 
Adam of Biloxi, Mississippi and 
Jim Adam of Tupelo, Okla- 
homa. 

Mr. Adam is also survived 
by two brothers: Duane Adam 
of Reynolds, North Dakota; and 
Robert Adam of Minneapolis, 



Minnesota; 21 grandchildren 
and 17 great-grandchildren. 

He was preceded in death 
by his wife, Irene M. Adam, on 
August 9, 1 997. He also was 
preceded in death by one 
brother, one sister and two 
grandchildren. 

Leo was born June 9, 1 91 2, 
in North Dakota and moved to 
Bellflower, California in 1965 
and to Lake Isabella in 1 981 . 
He was currently a member of 
the Moose Lodge #1297. 

Lucille I. Martin 

Lucille I. Martin of Citrus 
Heights, California, age 82, 
passed away on March 7, 
1 998, at Sutter Roseville Com- 
munity Hospital. She was born 
on April 6, 1915, near Pitts- 
burgh, Pennsylvania. She and 
her late husband, Harry, re- 
sided in Squirrel Valley from 
1970-1997. She was proud to 
have been a member of the 
Kern Valley Hospital Auxiliary. 

She was predeceased by 
her husband, Harry, in 1997. 
She is survived by daughters 
Jacqueline Miller of Sacra- 
mento; Janet (Mrs. Armando) 
Hernandez of Bakersfield; and 
Joyce (Mrs. Joseph) Kouba of 
Reston, Virginia. Also surviv- 
ing are grandchildren Sharon 
and Stuart Miller; Lisa Chavez; 
Armando Hernandez, Jr.; and 
Derek Tiffany. 



At her request, no viewing 
orformal service was held. Her 
family will cherish her love and 
memory forever. 

Those wishing to do so are 
encouraged to make memo- 
rial contributions to the Kern 
Valley Hospital Auxiliary, P.O. 
Box 1628, Lake Isabella, CA 
93240. 

Helen Ritchie 
McEwen 

Helen Ritchie McEwen was 
born Helen Grandville Ritchie 
. on November 23, 1903, in 
Forfer. Scotland, and was re- 
ceived into her eternal rest on 
March 15, 1998. 

She retired to Sylmar, then 
to Kern County from a career 
as cook to some of Hollywood's 
distinguished stars. 

Helen is survived by her 
daughter, Nancy Carlsson; 
son-in-law. Gene Carlsson; 
two grandchildren; four great- 
grandchildren; and two great- 
great-grandchildren. 

Memorial services were held 
Saturday, March 21, 1998, at 
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran 
Church in Lake Isabella. 



Wednesday, April 8, 1998 



Virgil Ray 
Childers 

Memorial services were held 
on Friday, March 27, 1998, at 
the Masonic Lodge in Kern- 
ville, to honor Mr. Virgil Childers 
of Bodfish. Virgil was born July 
20, 1917, in Jordan, Mont., to 
his parents. Chandler and 
Mattie Childers. In 1938, Virgil 
began proudly serving his 
country in the United States 
Navy. Virgil Childers served 
30 dedicated years in the Navy, 
beginning with World War II, 
the Korean Conflict, and Viet- 
nam. At the time of his retire- 
ment, Virgil had earned the 
highest rank that he could as- 
certain, that of Chief Warrant 
Officer IV. During his years of 
service, Virgil was highly 
commendated. Among these 
commendations were, the 
World War II Victory Medal, 
China Service Medal, National 
Defense Medal, Asian-Pacific 
Armed Forces Expeditionary 
Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, 
and the Vietnam Medal of 
Honor. In 1941 , just before the 
onset of WWII, Virgil married 
the love of his life, Ruth Claudia 
(Redfern) Childers. The two 
became inseparable and one, 
and gave each other strength 
through the years. Virgil was 
also very accomplished in other 



areas as well. He was a 50- 
year member of the Masonic 
Lodge in which he was a 
Shriner, who dedicated a great 
deal of time, effort, and money 
to the Shriner's Children's Hos- 
pitals, a cause in which he 
greatly believed. He was a 
Royal Arch Mason, a York Rite 
Mason, and a member of the 
Order of the Knights Templar. 
Virgil was also a life member of 
the Veterans of Foreign Wars, 
the Disabled American Veter- 
ans, the Moose Lodge, and the 
Jim Beam Bottle Club. In 1 980, 
Virgil and Ruth moved from 
Ventura, Calif., and moved to 
Bodfish, where he and Ruth 
have lived ever since. 

Not only did Virgil honorably 
serve his country, and become 
a proud leader of his commu- 
nity. He was also the loving 
husband of Ruth Claudia 
Childers, as well as the proud 
father of Linda Jo Kabler and 
her husband Kenneth L Kabler 
of Ventura, Calif. Virgil is also 
survived by his granddaugh- 
ters, Katherine A. Efrid, and 
her husband, Brandon J. Efrid 
of Ventura, and Kimberly A. 
Kabler of Ventura. Virgil has 
one great-granddaughter, Sa- 
rah Raeann Efrid of Ventura; 
and also three sisters, Gussie, 
Bunnie, and Coy, all of whom 
reside in Montana. 

Services arranged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



George William 
Schiber, Jr. 

George William Schiber was 
born on Oct. 30, 1913, in 
Collinsville, III., to his parents 
George William Schiber, Sr., 
and Julia Schiber. In 1936, 
George married his wife of 50 
years, Margaret, who preceded 
him in passing in 1996. During 
his life, George was the Com- 
mander of the American Le- 
gion, and a member of the Elks 
Lodge. George is credited with 
building the "Shoe Box" shoe 
store in the valley many years 
ago, becoming its first owner, 
and building Napa Auto Parts 
locally. 

George also sen/ed several 
years with the Corps of Engi- 
neers, building the Theme 
Building at the Los Angeles 
International Airport. He was 
also an avid gardener, bring- 
ing up many hard-to-grow veg- 
etables in this area. He loved 
the outdoors, and was a proud 
family man. On March 27, 
1 998, George William Schiber, 
Jr., passed away in Lake Isa- 
bella. Graveside funeral ser- 
vices were held on April 3, 
1 998, at the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery, in Wofford Heights, 
with Reverend Jack Dilley, 
pastor, officiating. 

George William Schiber, Jr., 
is survived by his sons, Michael 
of Templeton, Calif.; Larry of 
Huntsville, Ala.; and Phillip of 
Livingston, Calif.; and by his 
daughters Carol Thomas of 
Lake Isabella, and Linda Petty 
of Bakersfield. George is also 
survived by his grandchildren, 
Melinda Kerschner, Ruth Ann 
Brownning, Michael George 
Schiber, Lawrence Schiber, 
Stephen Schiber, Michelle 
Randour, Collette Chaudry, 
Leslie Bollinger, Jennifer Tho- 
mas, Doug Thomas, Carolyn 
Schiber, Kaylyn Schiber, and 
Nicollette Schiber. 

Services arranged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



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Wednesday, April 8, 1998 



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Odos Redfern 

Memorial services were held 
on Saturday, March 21 , 1 998, 
for Mr. Odos Earl Redfern of 
Bodfish. Odos entered eternal 
life on March 17,1 998. He was 
born on Oct. 11, 1942, in 
Gerard, Kan., to his parents 
Elmer Harold Redfern and 
Helen Pearl Redfern, along 
with five other siblings; he was 
a proud father of four. 

During his life, Odos Redfern 
was a strong willed fellow, with 
a good love of life, and pride in 
his family. He later served his 
country as a proud member of 
the United States Navy and 
went on to work in a field where 
he helped to improve the com- 
munity with his service in the 
Department of Parks and Rec- 
reation. 

Odos Redfern is survived by 
his wife, Mary Helen Redfern, 
of Bodfisfi; as well as four sons, 
Odos Redfern Jr. of Bodfish; 
Earnest Adams of Maricopa, 
Calif.; William Charles Redfern 
ofTaft; and Jackie Ray Redfern 
of Bakersfield; several grand- 
children, nieces and nephews. 
He will be missed by those 
who loved and liked him. 

Services arranged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



George Cecil 
Gehr 

A memorial service was held 
Saturday, April 4, 1 998 at 1 1 :00 
a.m. at the First Baptist Church 
of Lake Isabella, for George 
Cecil Gehr. Officating was Pas- 
tor Dave Snow. Graveside ser- 
vices were held Monday April 
6, 1998 at 11.00 a.m. in 
Oakwood Memorial Park in 
Chatsworth, Calif. Officiating 
was Chaplain Henry Sanchez 
of the Los Angeles County Fire 
Department. 

Mr. Gehr was born Dec. 1 , 
1929 in Santa Monica, Calif., 
and passed away March 31, 
1 998 in Mt. Mesa. 

He has been a resident of 
the Kern River Valley for 1 1 
years. He was Vice President 
of the Kern Valley Gun Club 
and a member of the First Bap- 
tist Church of Lake Isabella. 
He enjoyed woodworking and. 
gardening. 

He is survived by his wife of 
48 years, Jennie Gehr, of Wel- 
don; his son and wife, David 
and Suzy Gehr, of Big Bear, 
Calif.; son, Michael Gehr, of 
Northridge, Calif.; daughter, 
Georgina, and husband. Bruce 
Bonfert, of Simi Valley, Calif.; 
son, Charles, and wife, Susan 
Gehr, of Louisville, Colo.; 
brother and wife, William and 
Robin Gehr, of La Canada, 
Calif.; seven grandchildren, 
Erin, Scott, Jacqueline, 
Cameron, Tevis, Adrian, and 
Deshae. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Moline Copeland 
Behrens 

Funeral services were held 
Tuesday, March 31, 1998 at 
1:00 p.m. at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel for Moline Copeland 
Behrens. Officiating was Pas- 
tor Carlos Fandino of the 
Church of the Nazarene in Lake 
Isabella. 

Mrs. Behrens was born July 
8,1913 in Ada, Okla. and went 
to be with the Lord on March 
28, 1 998 in Mt. Mesa. She was 
a resident of the Kern River 
Valley for the last 18 years. 
She was a graduate of Baylor 
University in Texas and a En- 
glish teacher for 30 years. She 
loved quilting and was very 
active in her church. 

She is survived by her 
daughter and son-in-law, Toni 
and Larry Holochwost, of Lake 
Isabella; son and daughter-in- 
law, Patrick and Diana 
Behrens, of Arizona; brother 
and his wife, Eber L. and Jo 
Copeland, of Kansas; brother- 
in-law, Clarence Lang, of Mt. 
Mesa; brother and his wife, 
Paul and Barbara Copeland, 
of Arizona; grandchildren, Mat- 
thew and Bonnie Holochwost, 
Andrew Holochwost, Erin 
Pulcher, Jennifer Remtema, 
and Samuel Behrens; great- 
grandchildren, Ryan and Kalie; 
many nieces, nephews and 
great-nieces and nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday, Aprjl 8, 1998 



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Hurlon Jack 
Burlison 

Hurlon Jack Burlison passed 
on Saturday, March 28, 1 998, 
at Kern Valley Hospital, at the 
age of 88. He was born in 
Baldwin, Miss., on Sept 9, 

1909, son of Florence and 
James Burlison. 

Before coming to the Kern 
River Valley in 1 970, Jack was 
involved in building mainte- 
nance engineering in Chicago 
and Los Angeles, and was a 
member of the Chicago Build- 
ing Supenntendents Associa- 
tion. 

His parents, brother Robert 
C. Burlison, and sister Grace 
R. Burlison, preceded him in 
death. His wife for 45 years, 
Alice M. Burlison; his son, 
Vernon Lloyd Schultz, of 
Downers Grove, 111.; and his 
daughter, Elizabeth J. Lewis, 
of Bakersfield, survive him. 
Also, his grandchildren Randy 
Goodison of Bakersfield; Jen- 
nifer Lynn Struck of Carol 
Stream, III.; Vernon Lloyd 
Schultz ill and Ryan Adam 
Schultz of Downers Grove, ill.; 
a niece, Roberta Winker, and 
five great-grandchildren sur- 
vive him. 

A celebration of life will be 
held at Weldon United Meth- 
odist Church on Friday, April 3, 
at 1 1 .00 a.m. In lieu of flowers, 
the family would appreciate that 
any donations be made to the 
Memonal Fund at the Weldon 
United Methodist Church. 




Fred Lewis 
Thompson 

Fred Lewis Thompson, a 
long time resident of Lake Isa- 
bella, passed away on March 
28, 1998 in Antelope Valley 
Hospital in Lancaster at the 
age of 86. 

He was bom in Council Bluffs 
Iowa, July 30, 1 911 . He moved 
to California with his wife, 
Mildred in tgSS. He worked for 
the LA. County Transit Distnct 
for 35 years. He retired in 1 971 
and moved to Lake Isabella 
with his wife Mildred, who pre- 
ceded him in death in 1 979. He 
later married Eleanor who 
passed away in 1994. Fred 
was also known by many as 
the Bird Man of Lake Isabella. 

He is survived by sons Gary 
Thompson and Greg Thomp- 
son; daughter-in-law Pat; three 
grandchildren; two great- 
grandchildren; other relatives 
and many fnends. 



Wednesday, April 8, 1998 



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Betty Lucille 
(Cope) Richie 
Johnson 

Funeral services for Betty 
Lucille (Cope) Richie Johnson 
77, of Park Hill, Okla., formerly 
of Lake Isabella, were held 
March 14, 1998 in Tahlequah, 
Okla. Burial followed in 
Tahlequah City Cemetery un- 
der the direction of Hart Fu- 
neral Home of Tahlequah. 

Betty was born November 
10, 1920 in Jackson, Ky., the 
daughter of Fred and Mary 
(Bryan) Cope and died Tues- 
day, March 10, 1998 at 
Tahlequah City Hospital. 

A former waitress and cook, 
she was married to Howard 
Johnson of Lake Isabella for 
the past 35 years. Betty was a 
member of the Order of the 
Eastern Star, Okmulgee Chap- 
ter, since 1960. 

Her parents, sister Mary 
Carter and her children's fa- 
ther, Dennis Richie, preceded 
her in death. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band, Howard Johnson of Lake 
Isabella; two sons, Dennis 
Bryan Richie of Park Hill and 
Donald Bruce Richie and wife, 
Mary, of Welling; one stepson, 
Jerry Johnson of Palm Springs; 
two sisters, Marjorie Mahon 
and husband, John, of Louis- 
ville, Ky.; and Barbara 
Standeferof Mt. Pleasant, S.C; 
two grandchildren, Sendi 
Denise Palmer and husband, 
John Nicholas Palmer of Mem- 
phis, Tenn. and Jonathan Ma- 
son Richie of Park Hill; one 
great-granddaughter, 
Adrienne Elise Palmer; and a 
host of nieces, nephews and 
other family members and 
friends. 



Stella M. Cossey 

Stella passed away April 3, 
1998 in Weldon. Viewing will 
be Wednesday, April 8, 1998 
from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at 
Hillcrest Mortuary. Graveside 
services will be held on 
Wednesday, at 1 1 a.m. at 
Hillcrest Memorial Park's Gar- 
den of Peace. 

Stella was born Dec. 16, 
1912, in Wanette, Okla., to 
Claude Renfro and Ora 
Tomlinson Renfro. She mar- 
ned Fred Cossey on Oct. 21, 
1930, in Wanette, Okla. They 
moved to California in 1944 
and lived in An/in for many 
years before moving to Wel- 
don in 1970. 

Stella loved to garden and 
took great pride in the fruit and 
vegetables she grew. She en- 
joyed cooking and canning 
jams and jellies. 

She is survived by her sons 
Bill Cossey of Weldon, Calif., 
Wiley Cossey of Nuevo, Calif., 
Bob Cossey of Weldon, and 
daughters Wanda Thompson 
of Lament, , Martha Morgan of 
Red Oak, Okla., and Glenda 
Dornan of Bakersfieid. She is 
also survived by grandchildren 
and more than 50 great-grand- 
children and great-great- 
grandchildren. She is also sur- 
vived by her brother. Jack 
Renfro and sisters, Effie 
Calhoun, Sadie Shaw, Eva 
Renfro and Geneva Baker of 
Oklahoma. 



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Lois Charlotte 
Brown 

Graveside services were 
held Wednesday, April 8, 1 998 
at 2:30 p.m. at Forest Lawn 
Memorial Park in Glendale for 
Lois Charlotte Brown. Officiat- 
ing was Minister Patricia 
Denton of Science of Life 
Church. 

Lois was born to her par- 
ents, William and Evalyn 
Morton in Milwaukee, Wis. on 
July 1 7, 1 897 and died in Moun- 
tain Mesa on April 5, 1 998 at 
the age of 100 years and 9 
months. She lived a long full 
life. Lois was a resident of the 
Kern River Valley since 1 986. 
She came from Wisconsin and 
always said, "I'm a city girl." 
She lived through four wars 
and four earthquakes. 

She is survived by her by 
daughter, Evalyn Benedict, of 
Wofford Heights; niece, Ruth 
Janzen, of Wisconsin; great- 
niece, Maris Edwards, also of 
Wisconsin; and grandchildren, 
Dustin, Linda and Bryan 
Woods of Valencia. 



Moline Copeland 
Behrens 

Funeral services were held 
Tuesday, March 31,1 998, at 1 
p.m. at Valley Mortuary Chapel 
for Moline Copeland Behrens. 
Officiating was Pastor Carlos 
Fandino of the Church of the 
Nazarene in Lake Isabella. 

Mrs. Behrens was born July 
, 8, 191 3 in Ada, Okla.; and went. 
Jo be vyith the Lord on^ March 
28, 1998 in Mountain Mesa. 
She was a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for the last 18 
years. A graduate of Baylor 
University in Texas and a En- 
glish teacher for 30 years. She 
loved quilting and was very 
active in her church. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of 59 years, Leroy 
Behrens; daughter and son-in- 
law, Toni and Larry Holoch- 
wost, of Lake Isabella; son and 
daughter-in-law, Patrick and 
Diana Behrens, of Arizona; 
brother and his wife, Eber L 
and Jo Copeland, of Kansas; 
brother-in-law, Clarence Lang, 
of Mountain Mesa; brother and 
his wife, Paul and Barbara 
Copeland, of Arizona; grand- 
children, Matthew and Bonnie 
Holochwost, Andrew Holoch- 
wost, Erin Pulcher, Jennifer 
Remtema, and Samuel 
Behrens; great-grandchildren, 
Ryan and Kalie; many nieces, 
nephews and great-nieces and 
nephews. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Denton Garner 

Denton Garner, age 95, 
passed away April 3, 1 998 at 
the Kern Valley Hospital Nurs- 
ing Center in Mountain Mesa. 
He was born Oct. 23, 1902 in 
Clark County, Wis. He was 
married to Gloria Garner, now 
deceased. They had no chil- 
dren. 

Mr. Garner retired from the 
Civil Service, Yuma Test Sta- 
tion, Yuma, Ariz. He was an 
outdoorsman. He enjoyed 
hunting and fishing and mak- 
ing hunting knives. 

He is survived by his nephew 
Marty Garner, of Tehachapi; 
nephew, Harold Garner, of 
Palos Verdes; nieces, Patsy 
Danskin, of Burbank; and 
Cathy Flint, of Harbor City; as 
well as many great-nephews 
and nieces and great-great- 
nephews and nieces. 

A memorial service will be 
held for Denton on Saturday, 
April 1 8, 1 998 at 1 1 a.m. at the 
Wofford Heights Foursquare 
Church on Panorama and Sy- 
camore in Wofford Heights. 




Wednesday, April 15, 1998 



Norman Lionel 
Broome 

Norman L. Broome of Wof- 
ford Heights passed away on 
March 23, 1 998 at Mercy Hos- 
pital in Bakersfield at the age 
of 76. He was born in 
Schnectady, N.Y. and moved 
to Hollywood in 1926. His par- 
ents were Aubrey and Ethel 
Broome. 

He served in the R.O.T.C. at 
Hollywood High School and 
enlisted in the Army Air Force 
in 1942, serving four years 
during World War II. 

Mr. Broome married in 1 947 
to Mary Ann Porter. They had 
three children. They moved to 
the Kern River Valley in 1975 
where he continued to work in 
the aerospace industry until 
1981. He and his son, Joe, 
owned and operated Broome 
and Son Engineering and 
Welding in Lake Isabella. 

While vacationing in 1989, 
he found his long lost brothers, 
Don Johnson, of Seattle, 
Wash., and William Johnson, 
of Salem, Ore., whom he had 
not seen in 48 years. 

He is survived by his wife, of 
51 years, Mary; daughter, 
Audrey Holiman, of Phoenix; 
son, Joseph, and wife, Cindy, 
of Bakersfield; daughter. 
Norma Jean Banner, and hus- 
band, Michael, of Idaho; and 
twin brother, Henry, of Ana- 
heim; brothers, Don Johnson 
and William Johnson. Also sur- 
viving is a daughter-in-law, 
Cynthia Ann Broome, of Lake 
Isabella; grandchildren, Levi, 
Leah, Allan and Shirley, Chris- 
topher, Crystal; gfeat-grand- 
children Carrissa, Brycene, 
Shantele, Logan and J.J.; and 
many nieces, nephews, cous- 
ins, brothers-in-law and sisters- 



iCokotal, Croakies, Patagonia, 
itohlquist, Snap Dragon, Orosi, 
VIountain Surf, Friends of the 
^iver, Wyoming Wear, Ameri- 
:an Canoe Association, Canoe 
md Kayak magazine, KAVU, 
JEau Vive Inc., Lotus Designs, 
A'erner Paddles, Northwest River 
iupply, Prijon, Yakima, Ameri- 
:an Whitewater, Teva, Wave 
iport. Perception, Necky, and 
Dagger. 

Also supporting the festival are 
\dventure Medical Kits, Perfor- 
nance Video, Crazy Creek Prod- 
jcts. Gentrv Video, and Sala- 



ivnrdred Leona 
Garrison 

Memorial services were held 
Dec. 21 , 1 997, in Morro Bay, 
for Mildred Leona Garrison, 
age 84. She was born Sept.-9, 
1913 in Denver, and passed 
away Dec. 20, 1997 at her 
home in Morro Bay. 

Mildred lived in the L^ke Isa- 
bella area from 1978 to 1993 
when she retired from the U.S. 
Forest Service. She was ac- 
tive with the Senior Center in 
Lake Isabella. 

She is survived by her 
daughter, Shellie Barry, of 
Morro Bay; grandchildren, 
Kelly James Barry and Clinton 
Robert Barry; great-grand- 
daughter, Alicia May Barry; 
brother Melvin Moore of Simi 
Valley; sister Etta Marie Wertz 
of Highland, Mich. Mildred was 
a wonderful mother and friend 
to all who knew her. 

Arrangements by Benedict- 
Retty Mortuary. 




Leroy Odel 
Nelson 

Funeral services were held 
Friday, April 10, 1998, at 1 
p.m. atValley Mortuary Chapel 
for Leroy Odell Nelson. Offici- 
ating was Pastor Deryl Lackey 
of Mt. View Southern Baptist 
Church of Lake Isabella. Burial 
followed at Kern River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights. 

Leroy was born to his par- 
ents, Frederick and Pearle 
Nelson in Sharon Springs, Kan. 
on Jan. 21, 1912 and died in 
Mountain Mesa on April 5, 
1998, at the age of 86. Mr. 
Nelson retired after 25 years of 
service with Orowheat Bread 
Company and was a resident 
of the Kern River Valley for 26 
years with his wife, Mildred. 

He is survived by his wife of 
61 years, Mildred; daughter 
and son-in-law, Yvonne and 
Bill Campbell, of Wofford 
Heights; daughter, Donna 
Franklin, of Denver, Colo.; and 
grandchildren. Rod Barrett, 
Randy Barrett, Rhonda Lewis, 
Gary Campbell, Steve 
Campbell, Cheryl DeLeon, 
Mark Campbell and 1 5 great- 
grandchildren. 

Leroy enjoyed gardening 
very much. He was always 
helping people and will be 
greatly missed by all. 



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Curtis Thomas 
Garrett 

Memorial services were held 
Tuesday, April 21, 1998 at 2 
p.m. at Valley Mortuary Chapel 
for Curtis Thomas Garrett. Of- 
ficiating was Pastor Deryl 
Lackey of Mt. View Southern 
Baptist Church. 

Mr. Garrett was born Dec. 
25, 1906 in Santa Monica and 
passed away on April 1 4, 1 998 
in Mt. Mesa. He was 91 years 
of age. He worked at China 
Lake Naval Station for 25 years 



and was a resident of the Kern 
Valley for 40 years. He was a 
past member of the Elks and 
the CB Club. He enjoyed fish- 
ing, hunting and photography. 

He is survived by his wife of 
65 years, Ruth Garrett; his son 
and daughter-in-law, Dennis 
and Ruby Garrett of Ridge- 
crest; two granddaughters, 
Tracy and Kriste; and two great- 
grandchildren. Winter and 
Garrett; as well as a sister, 
Isabella Wilson of Arizona. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday, .\pril 29 1993 



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Dorothy Ann 
Lucas 

Dorothy Ann Lucas passed 
away April 1 0, 1 998, in Bakers- 
field Memorial Hospital at age 
66. She was born Dorothy Ann 
Toeckes, June 11, 1931, in 
Great Falls. Mont. Dorothy lived 
and worked many years in Bell 
Gardens, Calif., where she 
raised herthree children. Eigh- 
teen years ago she purchased 
a trailer in the Harbor Lights 
Mobile Home Park in Mountain 
Mesa for her and her children 
to vacation in. She joined the 
Eagles Auxiliary Aene 3156 in 
Mountain Mesa and has kept 
her membership for many 
years. In 1996, her children 
having grown up, she moved 
to her vacation home, where 
she became active in the lodge. 

Survived by: daughter, 
Belinda Pansky of Downey, 
Calif.; Sons, Robert Laudermilk 
of Mountain Mesa, & Dale Hurst 
of Bell Gardens, Calif.; broth- 
ers & sisters, Theresa, Charles 
& Willard of Mont.; Albert & 
Donald of Canada; Izzy & sis- 
ter Mary of Wash.; sister-in- 
law Mary Kay of Kan.; adopted 
sister; iRena Hines of Trona, 
Calif.; long time loving friend, 
Jerry Pavey of Bell Gardens; 
four grandchildrerrr-TTTaTTy 
nieces & nephews and many 
many loving friends who will 
miss her greatly. She was pre- 
ceded in death by husband 
Carl; her parents & her brother 
George. 

Services were held Aoril 15 
at Saint Raymond's Catholic 
Church in Downey, Calif., and 
buried at Park Lawn Memorial 
Cemetery in Bell Gardens. 




Mildred Ruth 
Nelson 

Funeral services were held 
Friday April 24, 1998 at 1:30 
p.m. at Valley Mortuary Chapel 
for Mildred Ruth Nelson. Offici- 
ating was Pastor Deryl Lackey. 
Mildred was born Oct. 20, 1 91 4 
in Orlando, Oklahoma and 
passed away April 1 8, 1 998 at 
her home in Wofford Heights. 
She has been a resident of the 
Kern River Valley for 26 years. 
She enjoyed sewing, going to 
garage sales and refunding. 
She was preceded in death by 
her husband Leroy on April 5, 
1998 and is survived by her 
daughter and son-in-law 
Yvonne and Bill Campbell and 
daughter Donna Franklin and 
brother and sister-in-law Joe 
and Marie Sallenberger and 
seven grandcnildren, and 15 
great grandcnildren and one 
niece and two nephews. She 
will be missed by all. She has 
gone home to be with her hus- 
band and the Lord. Arrange- 
ments by Valley Mortuary. 



Frank Ivan 
Bonner 

Graveside services were 
held Thursday Apnl 23, 1998 
at 2 p.m. at Kern River Valley 
Cemetery for Frank Ivan 
Bonner, who died as a result of 
'ah'^nstruction accident on 
Monday April 20, 1 998 in Wof- 
ford Heights. 

Frankwasborn June7, 1937 

in Flint. Michigan. He has lived 
in the Kern River Valley for 50 
years and been a Heavy Equip- 
ment Operator for over 30 
years. He was a member of the 
NRA and the Kern County Gun 
Club and the Operating Engi- 
neers Union. He was an 
outdoorsman and avid hunter. 
He was very well known and 
loved. He is survived by his 
wife of 1 8 years. Ariene Bonner 
of Lake Isabella and son Tony 
and wife Amy Bonner of Utah, 
father Ivan Bonner of Arroyo 
Grande, One grandchild 
brother & sister-in-iaw, Sam & 
Ann Bonner of Bakersfield. sis- 
ter-in-iaw Marilyn Olson of Bod- 
fish, brother-in-law & wife Eu- 
gene and Mary Apalatea and 
brother-in-law Alvin Apalatea 
and best friend Howard Bailey, 
and many aunts, uncles, neph- 
ews and nieces. 

Honorary Bearers were 
Howard Bailey, Naylon 
Ouarnberg, Royce Smith, 
Frank Jackson. Joe Thomas 
Jim Youna, Bruce Steward and 
Joe Leonardi. Frank will be 
greatly missed. 

Arrangements by Valley 

Mortuary. 



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Alva "Ab" Bounds 

A memorial service will be 
held Wednesday April 29, 1 998 
at 1 1 a.m. at the Kern River 
Valley Elks Lodge #2358 in 
Wofford Heights for Alva 
Bounds of Kernviile. Officiat- 
ing will be the Officers of the 
Elks Lodge #2358. 

Ab was born Aug. 6, 1909 in 
Texas and died at Kern Valley 
Hospital April 1 9, 1 998. He was 
89 years- old. 

Ab was a member of the 
Kern River Valley Elks Lodge 
#2358, and a member of the 
Kern River Valley Golf Course. 

Ab is survived by his sons 
Bruce Bounds of Nash, Texas, 
Allen Roy Bounds of Porterville, 
Calif., 1 1 grandchildren and 4 
great grandchildren and his 
many friends here in the Kern 
River Valley. 

Arrangements by Ridgecrest 
Mortuary. 



Etta Mae Rotan 

Graveside services were 
held Friday April 24, 1 998 at 1 
a.m. at Kern River Valley Cem- 
etery for Etta Mae Rotan. She 
passed away April 14, 1998 in 
San Joaquin Hospital, Bakers- 
field. 

She was born June 18,1 925 
in Texas. She lived in the Kern 
River Valley for over 25 years. 
She is survived by her daugh- 
ter Judy Sullins of Lake Isa- 
bella; son William Rotan of 
Lake Isabella; grandchildren, 
Amanda Sullins of Bakersfield, 
Shannon Sullins of Lake Isa- 
bella, Carl and Tammy Sullins 
of Lake Isabella. 

She will also be missed by 
great-grandchildren, Jaymie, 
and Jeffrey Sullins of Lake Isa- 
bella and Joshua Anderson of 
Lake Isabella. She's loved by 
everyone. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



William Sharpe 

Former Kernviile resident, 
William Sharpe, died at the age 
of 80 on April 7, 1998 of com- 
plications from pneumonia. He 
and his wife, Eilen, purchased 
the Paia Ranches Motel and 
moved to Kernviile in 1959. 
They had sold the motel when 
they retired and lived near New- 
port, Oregon. He is survived by 
his wife, Nedra Joham of South 
Beach, Ore; daughter, Nancy 
Sharpe, Weed, Calif.; son Ken- 
neth Sharpe, Mt. Pleasant, SC; 
grandchildren: Tracy Wells, 
San Diego, Wendy Wells. 
Vi/eed Calif., Darrin Sharpe, 
Seattle, Wash., and Kirra 
Sharpe, Mt. Pleasant, S.C., 
along with three great-grand- 
children. 



Kern Valley Sun 



Wednesday, May 6, 1 998 



31 



Obituaries 




Ellen Lee 
Smolinsky 

Services were held Wednes- 
day, April 29, 1 998 at 1 p.m. at 
First Baptist Church of Lake 
Isabella for Ellen Lee 
Smolinsky. Officiating was Dr. 
David Snow, Pastor of Rrst 
Baptist. Ellen was born Aug. 
22, 1931 in Smithfield, N.C. 
She later moved to Southern 
California, where she met and 
married Stanley Smolinsky on 
June 5, 1 975. They moved to 
the valley March 1989. 

Survivors include her be- 
loved husband, Stan and her 
brother, Guy Douglas Harmon 
of Durham, N.C. 

Ellen loved her Lord and was 
a very active member of her 
church. She served in the 
Shepherd Ministry, where she 
loved and cared for her "sheep." 
She was active in Women's 
Bible Study, the American Bap- 
tist Women's Ministry and had 
a special love for all people. 
She was a regular visitor to the 
shut-ins, those in the rest home 
and where ever she could serve 
those in need. She not only 



gave of her time but also her 
financial support. She liked 
crafts and made them for her 
home and her friends. She 
loved unconditionally, as she 
gave of herself. She thanked 
the Lord for her husband and 
her many friends. She was 
faithful in serving the Lord. Ellen 
enjoyed her life to the fullest. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
may be made to the Memorial 
Fund of First Baptist Church of 
Lake Isabella or the Cancer 
Society. 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 

Wayne E. Smith 

Wayne E. Smith, 79, passed 
away of cancer early Friday, 
May 1, 1998, at Kern Valley 
Hospital in Mountain Mesa. Mr. 
Smith was a Florence, (Rankin 
County) Miss, native. He was 
a veteran of World War II send- 
ing in the Navy in various the- 
atres. He had lived a number of 
years in Long Beach, Calif, and 
retired from being a Mainte- 
nance Engineer. He had been 
a resident of Kernville since 
1978, and was a member of 
First Baptist Church in Kern- 
ville. 

Services were held atl p.m. 
Tuesday, May 5, 1998 at Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home with 
burial in Kern Valley Cemetery. 
Visitation was 2 p.m. Monday, 
May 4, at the funeral home. 

Survivors include: wife of 58 
years, Lola; son Donald Wayne 
Smith, Long Beach, Calif.; 
daughter, Dinah Lorraine Smith 
of Cerritos, Calif.; sister and 
brother-in-law Bill and Eloise 
S. Purvis of Florence, Miss.; 
grandson and wife Craig and 
Patty Allison; 2 great-grand- 



children, EricaAnna and Spen- 
cer Wayne; and brother-in-law 
Lamar Culpepper. Pallbearers, 
Craig Allison and Bill Purvis. 



Obituaries 



K ern Valley Sun 
May 13, 1998 






Roxie Slawson 
Linton 

Services for Roxie Ellen 
Slawson Linton, 75, will be at 1 
p.m. Friday at the Church of 
Christ with Roy Hannah offici- 
ating. Interment will be at 
Ringling Memorial Cemetery 
under the direction of 
Alexander Funeral Home. 

Born May 29, 1 922, at Grady, 
to John L. and Bessie Miller 
Slawson, she died April 28, 
1998, in Boise, Idaho. 

Reared at Ringling, Okla., 
she married James Durwood 
Linton Aug. 24,» 1940, at 
Healdton, Okla., and lived in 
Ringling where she managed 
the telephone company 14 
years. They moved to Lake 
Isabella and lived there 30 
years before moving to DeKalb, 
Texas, then to Bruneau, Idaho, 
in 1992. She was preceded in 
death by her husband on Nov. 
14, 1996; a daughter, Donnie 
Linton, Feb. 27, 1941; and 
brother, Terry Slawson, 1996. 

Survivors include a daugh- 
ter, Gerri Alsip, Grand View, 
Idaho; four sisters, Evelyn Paul, 
Ringling, Okla.; Verna Dietrich, 
Arlington, Texas; Patricia 
Slawson, Sand Point, Idaho; 
and Barabara Jones, DeKalb, 
Texas; four brothers, Melburn 
Slawson, Rush Springs, Okla.; 
Johnnie Slawson, Shawnee, 
Okla.; Montie Slawson, 
Alavardo, Texas; and Donald 
Slawson, Springer, Okla.; two 
grandchildren and a great- 



granddaughter. 

Nephews will serve as bear- 
ers. 

John Thomas 
Shumate 

Graveside services were 
held Monday, May 11,1 998 at 
1 p.m. at Green Hills Memorial 
Park in Rancho Palos Verdes, 
Calif., for John Thomas 
Shumate of Bodfish. Officiat- 
ing was Pastor Dave Snow of 
the First Baptist Church of Lake 
Isabella. 

Mr. Shumate was born Aug. 
14, 1926 in Bell, Calif., and 
passed away May 5, 1998 in 
Bakersfield. He has been a 
resident of the Kern River Val- 
ley for over 20 years. He served 
in the Navy during WWII and 
received a Purple Heart. He 
also worked for the Southern 
Pacific Railroad for over 15 
years. After retiring, he enjoyed 
woodworking and refinishing 
furniture. He loved animals and 
working with troubled youths. 
He volunteered at Camp 
Owens for 1 1 years. He was a 
friend to everyone. 

He is survived by his fiance, 
Mary Robertson, of Bodfish; 
and his daughters, Beth Luttrell 
of Redondo Beach; Cathy Bow- 
man of Redding, Calif.; and 
Pat (Tishy) Anderson of Rock- 
ford, III.; seven grandchildren 
and 10 great-grandchildren. He 
will be missed by all. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Kern Valley Sun 



Wednesday, May 20, 1998 



Obituaries 



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Doris Maxine 
Carroll 

Graveside services were 
held Thursday, May 14, 1998, 
at 1 p.m. at the Kern River 
Valley Cemetery for Maxine 
Carroll. Officiating was Pastor 
John Carpenter of the Kernville 
United Methodist Church. Mrs. 
Carroll was born June 30, 1917, 
in Crandall, Texas, and passed 
away May 11,1 998, in Bakers- 
field, after a long illness. 

Maxine was a resident of the 
Kern River Valley for 23 years. 
She loved to fish and hunt for 
arrowheads. She was a loving 
and caring person and a be- 
loved mother and grandmother 
and great-grandmother. 



She is survived by her 
daughter Patricia Carroll of 
Bodfish; and granddaughter 
and husband, Tammy and 
Samuel Feemster of Bodfish; 
and great-grandsons, John 
Wayne Feemster of Bodfish; 
and John Lee DeVicariis of 
Lake Isabella; and a sister, 
Marion Hurt of Texas. She will 
be missed by all. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Beverly Jane 
Crawford 

Private arrangements were 
made for Beverly Jane 
Crawford who passed away 
May 12, 1998, after a long ill- 
ness. Mrs. Crawford was born 
July 24, 1927, in Los Angeles 
and was a resident of the Kern 
River Valley for 20 years. She 
was a member of the Clan Dig- 
gers and enjoyed fishing and 
crafts. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of 51 years, Robert 
Crawford, of Lake Isabella; 
daughter and son-in-law, 
Sharon and Art Wehrman, of 
Thousand Oaks; daughter, 
Carol Beaver, of Mountain 
Mesa; three grandchildren, 
Michelle, Will and Bobbie Jo. 
Mrs. Crawford is also survived 
by her brother, Kenneth 
Lindhardt, of San Diego; and 
sister-in-law, Barbara 
Finnegan, of Van Nuys; and 
nieces and nep hews^ 



In lieu of flowers, donations 
may be made to the Kern Val- 
ley Hospital. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Larry Shores 

Larry Shores entered life on 
March 6, 1942, in the city of 
Bell, Calif, to his parents, Wilbur 
and Jesse. He was raised in 
Southern California. After com- 
pleting school, Larry became 
interested in the field of heavy 
machinery, later becoming a 
mill Wright for United Riggers. 
During this time, Larry met 
Marsha Jo Wellman, the love 
of his life and his future wife. 

After 32 years of working, 
Larry and Marsha settled down 
and retired to Weldon, where 
they put down roots and made 
a new home after leaving Long 
Beach. A short time later, 
Larry's mom, Jesse, fell ill. He 
made the decision to bring her 
home, where he and Marsha 
faithfully cared for her until the 
twilight of her life. Jesse passed 
away at home in January of 

1997. This had a profound ef- 
fect on Larry, but he learned 
that it was time to move on and 
continue life with his loving wife 
and family. 

Forthenextyearorso, Larry, 
Marsha and the family grew 
close, drawing strength from 
one another. But on April 30, 

1 998, Willard Lawrence "Larry" 
Shores passed away at home 

with his loving family. 
♦ Graveside funeral services 
were held on Tuesday, May 5, 
1998, at 2 p.m. at the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights, where he is in- 
terred next to his mom, Jesse. 
Pastor John Carpenter of the 
Kernville United Methodist 
Church officiated. 

Larry's time with us here was 
much too short, but now he is 
at peace. He has gone home. 
He is truly missed by all who 
loved him. 



Kern Valley Sun 



Wednesday, May ?7, 1998 



34 



Obituaries 




Marlene 
Thompson 

Marlene Alhanati Thompson 
lost her battle with breast can- 
cer early in the morning of May 
9, 1998. She was born on Feb. 
21,1 932, in St. Paul, Minn. Her 
early childhood was unique, 
growing up in a communal 
home formed by three broth- 
ers who had married three sis- 
ters. The families moved to 
California in 1943, continuing 
the communal living arrange- 
ment for a few years. Perhaps 
this explains Marlene's treat- 
ing the whole as her family. 
Marlene's eternal optimism and 
zest for life (not to mention the 
many practical jokes played on 
unsuspecting family members) 
made her a very special friend 
to the many who knew her. 
Marlene cast a wide blanket of 
sunshine around her sharing 
her love and affection with ev- 
eryone she met - a love that 
was often returned tenfold. 



She attended Los Angeles 
City College and the Brymar 
School of Dentistry. Marlene 
worked as an administrator in 
the Los Angeles School sys- 
tem for several years, and for 
the last 1 5 years before retire- 
ment, as a real estate agent. 
She moved to Squirrel Valley 
five years ago when her hus- 
band retired. After retirement, 
Marlene loved travelling nation- 
ally to duplicate bridge tourna- 
ments. Her primary passions 
were of course family and lend- 
ing a helping hand to anyone in 
need — friends and strangers 
alike. 

Marlene is survived by her 
husband, Robert, of Squirrel 
Valley; her sons, Mark (and his 
wife Laura), Craig and Bruce 
of Culver City; grandchildren. 
Heather and Steven; and by 
her brother and sister-in-law, 
Dick and Peggy Roast, of Van 
Nuys. 

Rest in peace, Marlene, you 
will always be in our hearts! 

Elmer Sabers 

Elmer Sabers was born Oct. 
16, 1908 in Salem, S.D., and 
he passed away May 1 8, 1 998. 

He attended St. Mary's 
School. For a number of years 
he helped his father farm. In 
the 30's, he went to North Da- 
kota to work. There he met and 
married Florence Haugen on 
Nov. 27, 1937. He lived alter- 
nately in South Dakota, North 
Dakota and California. He was 
into farming, restaurant busi- 
ness and grocery business 
which he owned and operated 



from time to time. He and his 
wife lived in Southern Califor- 
nia for a number of years be- 
fore coming to Lake Isabella. 
He was a resident here in the 
Kern Valley for 27 years. He 
loved fishing, playing cards, 
shuffleboard and having friends 
over for a dinner. 

Elmer was preceded in death 
by his wife, Florence; his father 
and mother; brothers, Alfred, 
Edgar, Gilbert, Gerald; sisters, 
Muriel Gstohl, Elvira Herting, 
Esther Mentele, Liona Sabers; 
brothers-in-law, Al Mentele, 
Lowell Herting, Carl Koepke. 
Rodnic Olson, Lyie Brenna; 
sister-in-law, Tillie Sabers. 

He is survived by two broth- 
ers and one sister, Melvin Sa- 
bers and wife, Ida. of Salem, 
S.D.; Willard Sabers and wife, 
Ruth, of Sun City, Calif.; 
Marcella Koepke of Spencer. 
S.D.; a number of in-laws. 
Madia Olson of Stockton; Ruth 
Brenna, of Ventralia. Wash.; 
Janet and Carl Nelson, of 
Faulkton, S.D.; Joe and Dana 
Haugen of Ventura; Herman 
Gstohl of Salem, S.D.; Lucille 
Sabers of Lake Isabella; and a 
number of nieces and neph- 
ews. 

Elmer passed away on May 
18, 1998, in Bakersfield at 
Pleasant Care Convalescent 
Hospital where he was a resi- 
dent for the last few years. A 
memorial mass was said for 
him at St. Jude's Church in 
Wofford Heights on May 22 at 
10 a.m. Father Gilbert Mayer 
officiating. Interment followed 
at Kern Valley Cemetery. 



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Vernon Orville 
Nelson 

Funeral services were held 
Tuesday, June 2, 1998 at 1 1 
a.m. at the Church of Jesus 
Christ of Latter Day Saints in 
Mountain Mesa for Vernon 
Orville Nelson. Officiating was 
Bishop Sam Beckham. Mr. 
Nelson was born Sept. 21, 
1914 in Brigham City, Utah 
and passed away on May 28, 
1998 in Mountain Mesa. 

He was a resident of the 
Kern Valley for 25 years, and 
enjoyed fishing, hunting and 
traveling. He was a member of 
the Church of Christ of Latter 
Day Saints, and a member of 
the UAW and the Dam Danc- 
ers. 

Mr. Nelson was a wonderful 
father and he is surviv ed by his 
"aaugfiter,~Sr[ene Nelson, of 
Lake Isabella; son and daugh- 
ter-in-law, Lloyd and Nancy 
Nelson, of Weldon; daughter, 
Judy Nelson, of San Pedro; 
son, John Nelson, of Lake Isa- 
bella; and stepdaughter, 
Shirley Penland, of Santa Bar- 
bara. Also surviving are his 
brother Paul Nelson and sis- 
ters, Lola Stewart and Thelma 
Nelson^ al[ of Utah; IBgr-and - 
-"chMrelT; .26 great-grandcTHF 
dren and two great-great- 
grandchildren; and close com- 
, panion. Ardene Hotchkiss. He 
will be missed by all. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuajy. 




Montie Montana 

Cowboy celebrity and fre- 
quent Kern Valley visitor 
Montie Montana died May 20, 
1 998 in Los Angeles from com- 
plications following a series of 
strokes. He was 87. 

Veteran of more than 60 
Rose Parades, and a legend- 
ary roping artist, Montana per- 
formed and rode in several 
Whiskey Flat Days Parade. He 
was a good friend of retired 
policeman and author Lynn 
Franklin, of Squirrel Valley. 
"Montie was known and will be 
missed by many old timers here 
in the valley," he said. "He was 
planning to be here with us this 
year, however, weather and 
health problems got in the 
way." 

Montana was also a noted 
film presence, with appear- 
ances in several John Wayne 
films; he was considered one 
of a dying breed of authentic 
cowboys hired by Hollywood 
in the 1920s and 1930s —J 
during the Western film hey- 
day — for their roping and riding 
talents. 



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36 



Raymond Chavez 

Raymond Chavez was born 
Dec. 13, 1918 in New Mexico 
and passed away May 16, 
1998, at the hospital. He was 
79. 

He was a resident of Moun- 
tain Mesa for 1 5 years. He was 
a member of the V.F.W. 

Mr. Chavez will truly be 
missed by his loving friends, 
Lavon Babylon of Mountain 
Mesa; David Rodie, of San 
Pedro; and his nephews, Fred 
Chavez, of Hardin, Mont.; and 
Dave Chavez, of New Ply- 
mouth, Idaho. 

Edna Lois 
Townsend 

Edna Lois Townsend, age 
61, passed away at her resi- 
dence in Weldon on May 26, 
1 998. A graveside service was 
held in the Municipal Cemetery 
in Grand Junction, Colo., on 
Saturday, May 30, 1998 at 10 
a.m. She was a retail clerk at a 
grocery store for 20 years. 

Mrs. Townsend is survived 
by her husband, Ernie 
Townsend of Weldon; her 
mother, Edith Nelson, of Delta, 
Colo.; her two daughters, 
Cathy Staggs and Sheri Neal. 
both of California; and her son, 
William Satterfield of Ohio; sis- 
ters, Dorothy Thomas and 
Shirley Wjlliams, both of Grand 
Junction, Colo.;. Mary Ann 
Flynn of Delta, Colo.; five 
grandchildren and one great- 
grandchild. 



Roy D. Shaw 

Visitation was held on Tues- 
day, June 2. 1998, from 10 
am. to 6 p.m. at Valley Mortu- 
ary for Roy Dallas Shaw, age 
75 of Weldon. Private inter- 
ment followed. Mr. Shaw was 
born on May 24,1 923, mMus^ 
sel Shoal, Mont., and passed 
away in Ridgecrest on May ^o, 

1998. 

He was a Kern River Valley 
resident for 20 years and was 
active in various conservation 
projects. He was a member ot 
the Kern River Preserve, the 
National Audobon Society and 
the Ridgecrest Astronomy 
Club. Mr. Shaw also enjoyed 
photography and sportmg 
events at the high school and 
always brought his pictures ot 
the previous game to share 
with everyone. He also did na- 
ture photography in Weldon 
and had some of his photos 
placed in local magazines. 

Mr Shaw is survived by his 
son,- Robert Shaw, of 
Ridgecrest; his daughter and 
son in-law, Carol and John 
Weghorst. of Weldon; a sister, 
Hazel Brown, of Eugene, Ore. , 
a brother, Clyde Shaw, of Se- 
attle, Wash.; and a grand- 
daughter, Tara Quint, of Wel- 

°Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary, Lake Isabella. 



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37 



James Junior 
Thomas 

Services were held on June 
3, 1998, at Valley Mortuary 
Chapel for James Junior Tho- 
mas who passed away in 
Mountain Mesa on May 31, 
1 998. Officiating were Pastor 
Carlos Fandino and the VFW 
Post #7665. Originally from 
Simole, Okla. , James was born 
Aug. 2, 1943, and graduated 
from North High School in 
Bakerfield. 

He worked 1 4 years for the 

Marathon Oil Company before 
retiring. He was in the service 
from 1969 through 1972. 
James was stationed in Ger- 
many during some of this time. 
He was a life member in the 
V.F.W. Being a back country 
horsei;nanj[i California, James 
— «ojoye^ nunting, fishing and' 
.riding. He also used to race 
'motorcycles. 

James was always ready to 
lend a helping hand to all and 
never knew a stranger. He will 
be missed by his wife, Patty, of 
1 1 years; son, Kent Thomas, 
of Bakersfield; son, Tate Nagle, 
of Kernville; son, Tim Nagle, of 
Kernville; brother, Jerry Tho- 
mas, of Bakersfield; sisters, 
Wanda Bamgardner, Nadine 
Decker, and Jackie Thomas, 
all of Bakersfield; his mother, 
Molly Thomas, also of Bakers- 
field; and eight nieces and 
nephews. 

Arrangements made by Val- 
ley Mortuary. 



Gordon Carroll 
Carlton 

Graveside services were 
held Friday, June 5, 1 998 at 1 1 
a.m. at the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery for Gordon Carroll 
Carlton. Officiating was the 
VFW Post #7665. 

Mr. Carlton was born Feb 
28, 1924 in Shelville, Tenn., 
and passed away May 31, 
1998, in Mountain Mesa. He 
served in the U.S. Navy on the 
U:S. Air Saratoga. He was a 
professional ice skater and 
skated with Sonja Henie in 
1 947. He worked as a line man 
for 22 years at China Lake 
before retiring. He lived in the 
Kern Valley for 35 years and 
was a member of the Masons 

Lodge #872 F. & A.M. Mr. 
Carlton also enjoyed fishing 
and hunting. 

He was one of 1 1 children 
and is survived by his sisters, 
Margaret Haley and Clara 
Veach; brother, Ernest Carlton, 
all of Tennessee; his daugh- 
ter, Christine Hodan, of Run- 
ning Springs, Calif.; and his 
very dear friends, Jeff and 
Darlene Robinson, of Weldon. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Annie Fisher Ford 

Private arrangements were 
made for Annie Fisher Ford 
who passed away June 4, 
1998, in Mountain Mesa. She 
was born March 16, 1916, in 
New York City, New Yorl<, and 
was a resident of the Kern River 
Valley for 30 years. She was 
the owner and manager of 
Reed and Annie's Duck Blind 
Tavern in Lake Isabella and 
also was a seamstress and did 
alterations for many in the val- 
ley. She was also a member of 
the Lake Isabella Chamber of 
Commerce. 

Annie is survived by her 
daughter and son-in-law, Pat 
and Larry John, of Riverside; 
sisters. Elsie Wagner, of 
Canoga Park, Calif.; and Car- 
rie RengstI of Florida; brother, 
Rudy Will, of Newhall; five 
grandchildren and five great- 
grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Russell A. 
Anderson 

Services were will be held 
Saturday, June 20, 1 998, at 1 1 
a.m. at the First Baptist Church 
in Kernville for Russell A. 
Anderson, age 73. Officiating 
was Pastor Dick Lewis. 

Mr. Anderson was born in 
Chicago, III., on July 25, 1 924, 
and passed away at his home 
in Lancaster on May 28, 1 998. 
He was a World War 1 1 veteran 
of the 8th Air Force. He was a 
resident of Wofford Heights for 
20 years. He was a member of 
the Masonic Lodge. 

He is survived by his wife of 
45 years, Geneva Anderson; 
daughter, Sharon Miller, of San 
Jose; daughter, Barbara 
Murphy, of Rosamond; seven 
grandchildren and 18 great- 
grandchildren. 



Pearl "Peggy J." 
Wobermin 

Peggy J. Wobermin was 
born in Staples, Minn. She 
came to California during 
World War II and worked at 
Lockheed Aircraft in Burbank, 
where she met and married 
Walter Wobermin. _ 

They resided in Los Ange- 
les area for many years. Upon 
retirement in 1 973, they moved 
to Lake Isabella where they 
lived for the past 25 years. She 
celebrated 49 years, lacking 
12 days, of marriage. Peggy 
passed away on Saturday, May 
30, 1998, in Bodfish area of 
Lake Isabella when God called 
her home. 

Peggy is survived by her 
'hust!>and, Walter; his daugh- 
'ter, Joy««iOlsen7"and five sur- 
viving sisters and their fami- 
lies. 



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Louie Adames 

A celebration of Louie 
Adames' life was held at 11 
a.m. on Thursday, June 1 1th, 
1998 at Mountain View South- 
ern Baptist Church, 2959 Ersk- 
ine Cr. Rd. 

Louie, 92, loved life and en- 
joyed it to its fullest. He was a 
very pleasant and fun-loving 
person, who brightened the life 
of everyone he came in con- 
tact with. 

A native of Mexico, Louie 
immigrated to the United States 
at the age of three. Later on, 
after his early adult years in the 
San Fernando Valley, he joined 
the United States Army, serv- 
ing during World War II. 

After a brief stint in the army, 
he returned to the S.F. Valley, 
and worked for the Los Ange- 
les County Flood Control Dis- 
trict. After 21 years of service, 
he retired in 1 968. Upon retire- 
ment, he moved to Lake Isa- 
bella with his wife Laverne. 
Together they traveled 
throughout the United States 
and Canada, looking for the 
best camping and fishing spots 
around! 

After his wife Laverne's 
passing in 1 988, Louie stayed 
close to home in Lake Isabella, 
enjoying the remainder of his 
years with his numerous 
friends. 



Louie is survived by his 
daughter Mary Lou Duarte, his 
grandchildren Rose Marie 
Pierce, Anna Fossett and hus- 
band Ken, grandson Robert, 
granddaughter Denise, great- 
granddaughter Mary Angela 
Fossett, as well as his closest 
and loving friends, Andy and 
Aria Gibson. 

In lieu of flowers, donations 
in Louie's name can be made 
to the American Cancer Soci- 

Ct". 

'^Louie should be remem- 
bered for his enjoyment of life; 
he loved people, his family, 
and traveling. No matter where 
he was, though, he brightened 
the life of each and every per- 
son he came in contact with. 



Pat Henson 

Pat Henson was born in 
Marion, III., on April 16, 1911 
and died on June 9, 1998, at 
the Devonshire Care Center in 
Hemet, Calif. He was 87 years 
of age. 

Before moving to Hemet in 
January of 1 995, Pat and his 
wife, Madeline, lived on Chism 
Trail in Onyx for 22 years. 

Pat is survived by his wife, 
Madeline, of 63 years; daugh- 
ter Patsy Friend of Hemet; 
grand daughters, Lee Anne 
Adams and her husband Neal 
of Hemet and Michelle 
Haubrick and her husband Jim 
of Corona; Great grandsons 

Glen Baeckel, Bradley Baeckel 
and Jeffrey Baeckel, all of 
Hemet; great grand daughter 
Jenna Marie Haubrick of Co- 
rona. 

A service was held on Fri- 
day, June 12, at the Miller- 
Jones Mortuary in Hemet at 
4:30 p.m. with the Rev. Howard 
Brown of the Winchester Com- 
munity United Methodist 
Church officiating. 

Madeline Henson was a 
member of the Weldon United 
Methodist church for many 
years and was very active in all 
church affairs. 



Genevieve 
Beatrice Cross 

Genevieve (Trudy) Cross, 
age 89, died June 10, 1998 in 
Basye, Va., after an extended 
illness. 

Genevieve was born to Mary 
and George Woodward on 
January 9, 1909 in Truckee, 
Calif. She and her four broth- 
ers spent their childhood in the 
town of Winnemucca, Nev. and 
on a family owned cattle ranch 
in northwestern Nevada. 

Mrs. Cross and her husband, 
Clifford Cross, made their home 
in the Kern River Valley for 
nearly sixty years. In 1992 they 
moved to Toms Brook, Va. to 
live with their daughter and son- 
in-law, Patti and Rod Bankson. 
Trudy retired from the U.S. 
Postal Service in Wofford 
Heights, in 1977. She was an 
accomplished artist and had a 
great zest for life, even in her 
most recent days. She was a 
former member of St. Jude 
Catholic Church in Wofford 
Heights and a member of St. 
John Bosco Catholic Church in 
Woodstock, Va. 

Survivors include her daugh- 
ters, Patricia Bankson of 
Basye, Va., June Frakes of 
Belleville, ill. five grandchildren 
and six great grandchiFdren. 
Her son, Clifford Allen Cross, 
of Myrtle Creek, Ore. preceded 
her in death in 1985. Her hus- 
band Clifford Lyman Cross, 
died in 1994 in Toms Brook, 

Va. 

The Reverend Robert 
Ruskamp conducted a Memo- 
rial Mass at St. John Bosco 
Catholic Church in Woodstock, 
Va. June 1 1 , 1998. Burial was 
in the Kern River Valley Cem- 
etery, Wofford Heights. 



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Charles Fulton 
Phillips 

Charles Fulton Phillips was 
born on January 3rd, 1929, in 
Dunn, North Carolina to his 
parents Garland and Lessie 
Phillips. At the age of 1 7, Chuck 
entered the United States Navy 
and proudly served his country 
for the next four years. After his 
military service, he worked in 
the construction field. As a car- 
penter he had a special talent 
for finish work, and will be re- 
membered as a very compe- 
tent building supervisor. He 
also kept busy working srde 
jobs, one as an ambulance 
driver at the old Lyon's Drag 
Strip. 

Charles loved to hunt and 
fish often traveling to Colorado 
for the big one. After acquiring 
a set of elk eye teeth he crafted 
a ring with one of the teeth 
setting it in gold. It is a beautiful 
work of art. The other tooth 
went to his daughter who also 
had a ring made. He also loved 
to cook his catch of fresh caught 
fish for friends and family, a 
treat that is sure to be missed 
by all who had the pleasure of 
tasting one of Chuck's special- 
ties. 

Chuck's quiet manner and 
quick wit, along with his great 
integrity, endeared him to all 
who had the privilege of com- 
ing in contact with him. His 
quiet behind the scenes com- 
passion caused him to be God's 
instruments to aid those in need 
whether it was in a material 
way, or even in a financial one. 
Those in need usually never 
knew from where their help 
came, as Chuck was also a 
modest man, who didn't feel 
recognition for the things he 
did was necessary. 

Chuck was very sick in the 
last few months of his very 
special life, yet never complain- 
ing, he was always there to 
help in whatever he was yet 
still able to do. 



Wednesday, June 17, 1998 



Chuck left us to bear our 
burdens on June 8, 1998. 

On June 3rd, 1972 he mar- 
ried the love of his life Karyen, 
who stayed by his side and 
ministered to him in all his 
needs, especially in the last 
few months when he was so 
gravely ill. She has not only 
lost her husband, but her "best 
friend has also gone to another 
mountain." Chuck's children, 
sons, Michael, Billy, and Joe, 
along with daughters, Sharon, 
Linda, and April, are also left 
with a great void in their lives. 
Chuck also leaves to grieve for 
him his wonderful grandchil- 
dren of which there are 22, with 
7 great grandchildren, and of 

course his loving companion. 
"Precious." 

Services were held at the 
Landmark Missionary Baptist 
Church in Lake Isabella, on 
Thursday, June 1 1th, at 2 p.m. 
Pastor Mike Ireland officiated. 
Inurnment will be private gt a 
later date. 

May all who are in sorrow 
and grieving for Chuck please 
take comfort in Jesus' words at 
Matt. 11:28-30 

"Come to me all who are 
toilling and loaded down, and I 
will refresh you. Take my yoke 
upon you and learn from me, 
for I am mild tempered and 
lowly in heart, and you will find 
refreshment for your souls, for 
my yoke is kindly and my load 
is light." 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 



Wednesday. Iunf 17 



41 



Paul Kenneth 
Little 

Loved son, stepson, brother, 
husband and father. 

Paul died suddenly May 1 7, 
1 998 in Atlanta, Georgia. He is 
survived by his wife Tamara 
and son David of Atlanta; par- 
ents Ted and Robin Little of 
Kernville and Henry and 
Marilyn Shott of Oakland; sis- 
ter Kristine Preston and family 
of Valley Center; brothers Ted 
and family of Oakland, Jon and 
family of Kernville. Step sisters 
and brothers will also miss Paul. 

Paul was a loving, gentle, 
creative man. Loyal and caring 
of his family, a sweet smile and 
knowledge beyond his years. 

"When you are sorrowful 
look again in your heart, and 
you shall see that in truth you 
are weeping for that which has 
been your delight." 

— Kahlil Gibran, "The 
Prophet." 

The family of Paul Little 
would like to thank friends and 
neighbors for their words of 
comfort following Paul's death. 
Kindness has made this sad 
journey less painful. 

Ted, Robin, Jon, Jenny and 
Davis Little 



Ira Odell 
Fitzgerald 

A graveside service was held 
Friday June 12, 1998 at 10 
a.m. at the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights 
for Ira Odell Fitzgerald of Wof-. 
ford Heights. Officiating was 
Rev. Albert Tenwilliger of the 
Community Church of Dunlap 
Acres. 

Ira was born June 4,1910 in 
North Carolina and died June 
6, 1998 in Bakersfield. He was 
88 years old. Ira retired from 
Rocketdyne Corp. as an aero- 
space technician after 25 years 
of service. He was a Mason, a 
Shriner, Elk, and Moose, and a 
25 year resident of the Kern 
River Valley. 

Ira is survivied by his wife of 
11 years Oma Fitzgerald of 
Wofford Heights, step daugh- 
ters Linda. Espe of Wofford 
Heights, Jean Donnelly of West 
Hills, Anita Carrington of Wash- 
ington, step son William B. 
Reynolds of Wofford Heights, 
8 grandchildren and 10 great 
grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Ridgecrest 
Mortuary. 



T 



Wednesday . June 24, 1998 



Dorothy Myers 

Dorothy Myers was born in 
El Paso, Texas on March 26, 
1913 and returned to her home 
in heaven on June 17, 1998. 
Dorothy died at the age of 85 
after a brief illness. She re- 
sided in La Crescenta and in 
Bodfish for most of her life. 
Dorothy's life was based on 
the love of her church, devo- 
tion to her children and grand- 
children, and her service to 
God. She was a member of the 
St. James the Less Women's 
Club and belonged to the Third 
Order of Mary. Dorothy's ef- 
forts in support of St. James 
the Less Church in La 
Crescenta included consider- 
able fund raising projects that 
culminated in a new convent 
building and transportation ser- 
vices for the nuns. She was 
also a generous contributor to 
the Trappist Monastery. 

Many of the parishioners of 
her church will remember 
Dorothy's "Taco Booth" where 
she worked so tirelessly every 
year as part of the St. James 
the Less Jamboree, an annual 
fund raising event. 

As a young mother, Dorothy 
took pleasure in sewing clothes 
for her little girls. She enjoyed 
bowling, feeding the wild birds, 
and taking care of her cats and 
dogs. One of the most trea- 
sured moments of Dorothy's 
life was a trip to the Vatican 
where she received a personal 
blessing from the Pope. 



Dorothy was an inspiration 
and a joy to all who knew her. 
She loved to laugh, to cook, 
and to sing. She was selfless in 
her dedication to her family. 
Her children say that Dorothy's 
strength, courage, and faith in 
God in times of adversity acted 
as a moral compass that con- 
tinues to guide their charac- 
ters. She will be sorely missed 
by ail those whose lives she 
touched. 

Dorothy was preceded in 
death by her husband, John 
Watrak; her brother, Edward 
Haverson; and her son, Alvin 
Rivera, Jr. Dorothy leaves be- 
hind her son, Steven Watrak 
and her daughters, Marianne 
LeVan, Hilary Hoover, and 
Arleen Heywood. She is also 
survived by her sons-in-law, 
John LeVan and Dan Hoover 
and her daughters-in-law, Patty 
Watrak and Mert Rivera. Dor- 
othy had 11 grandchildren: 
Sally Rivera, Michael Rivera, 
Charles Rivera, Ryan Faure, 
Westley Faure, Bryan Watrak, 
Malenna Watrak, Hal 
Heywood, Jr., Andrew 
Heywood, Joel Heywood, and 
Peter John Heywood. She also 
had 7 great-grandchildren: 
Emily Rivera, Ashley Rivera, 
Vincent Rivera, Anthony Faure, 
Westley Faure, Jr., Heather 
Stanley, and Andrew Mohit. 

The funeral mass of Chris- 
tian burial was held at 10 a.m., 
Monday, June 22nd at St. 
James the Less Church in La 
Crescenta. Internment will fol- 
low at the San Fernando Mis- 
sion Cemetery in San 
Fernando. The funeral arrange- 
ments will be conducted by 
Crippen's Mortuary in La 
Crescenta. 



Wednesday, June 24. 1998 



43 



Chester Henry 
Gagnon (Chet) 

Funeral services were held 
Wed. June 17, 1998 at 10 a.m. 
at Valley Mortuary Chapel for 
Chet Gagnon. Officiating was 
Pastor Gary Nichols from the 
South Shore Full Gospel Fel- 

lows hip. ^ 

~Chet passed away Monday , 
June 15, 1998 in Mountain |j 
Mesa following a short illness. „ 
Chet was born Chester ■' 
Henry Gagnon in Morrisville, r 
Vermont on Sept. 26, 1921. , 
Chet was a building contractor 
for over 25 years, and has lived ; 
in the Kern River Valley for 18 ' 
years and even after retiring 
he still enjoyed building patios 
and other things for his friends. 
He was a member of the VFW 
Post # 2075 and he enjoyed 
motor sports, fishing and trav- 
eling. 

He was preceded in death 
by his wife of 41 years, Santa 
Gagnon in 1986, and is sur- 
vived by his son and daughter- 
in-law Chester and Judy 
Gagnon of Torrance; his 
brother and sisters, Richard, 
Blanch, Virginia Arlene, Viola 
and Laura, all of Vermont, and 
his companion Gloria Hunt. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Rose M. Clouse 

Born January 18, 1939 and 
went to live with the Lord on 
June 17, 1998. 

Resided in California her 
entire life and last employed at 
Optical Radiation working in 
the field of computers. 

She is survived by her 
mother Tessie Windham, 
daughters Donna & Diana, 
grandchildren David, Chris, 
Crystal, Justin and Daniel, 
brothers Richard and Ted 
Windham and lots of other 
beautiful family and friends. 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 



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Wednesday, July 1, 1998 Kerw Valley Sun 



44 



Radio pioneer succumbs 



KVLI founder, civic 
leader, left legacy of 
local involvement 

John Ridenour, the Kern 
Valley's radio pioneer, passed 
away on Friday, June 26. 

John and his wife Jan, started 
broadcasting from KVLI AM in 
July, 1 977 and managed the popu- 
lar "Stardust Memories" station 
until 1997, when it was sold. 

John was known for his spir- 
ited involvement in Kern Valley 



civic activities and clubs and for 
his generous offering of broad- 
cast time for everything from lo- 
cal emergencies to school phys 
and church choral groups. "John 
was very devoted to local causes," 
Jan said. 

The radio's "Swap Shop" was 
also a popular feature program 
Ridenour established. 

Bom in Parkersburg, West Vir- 
ginia in 1930, Ridenour graduated 
from Marietta College, where he 
studied broadcasting. He later 
served in the U.S. Army in Ger- 
See RIDENOUR on page A2 

Ridenour: 

Continued from page A1 

many. 

When he returned to the States, 
Ridenour worked in broadcast- 
ing, where he developed an ex- 
tensive career in radio and televi- 
sion sales. Before establishing 
KVLI, Ridenour was employed 
at radio and TV stations in Bakers- 
field. 

He and Jan met in Phoenix and 
were married in 1967. 

The couple decided to make 
Squirrel Valley their home after 




John Ridenour 

traveling to the Kern Valley ex- : 
tensively when they lived in 
Bakersfield. 

Ridenour had suffered ■ from 
kidney disease for many years : 
and the ailment made it increas- '• 
ingly difficult for him to work at ' 
the station. ' 

Funeral services for John 
Ridenour will be held this morn- 
ing at 1 1 a.m. at St. Jude Catholic 
Church in Wofford Heights. Me- i 
morial donations may be made to 
the Polycystic Kidney Research i 
Foundation, 4901 Main St., Suite I 
200, Kansas City, Missouri J 
64112. 



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45 




Buford O. Newton 

Memorial services were held 
for Buford O. Newton on Mon- 
day, June 22, 1 998 at Weldon 
United Methodist Church. Pas- 
tors Charles White and Floyd 
Castillo officiated. 

Buford Newton was born in 
Prague, Okla., on August 14, 
1909 to Lily Myrtle and Oscar 
Wiliam Newton. He was the 
eldest of eleven children, and 
has six sisters and two broth- 
ers still living. 

He and his wife Mary Eliza- 
beth were married in Tulsa, 
Okla.. on August 1 1 , 1930, al- 
most 68 years ago. 

After living in the San 
Fernando Valley for 24 years, 
they moved to San Jose in 
1964 and then to Kern Valley 
in 1971 when they moved to 
Squirrel Valley. Buford and 
Mary immediately began a 
active relationship with the 
Weldon UMC. He was a volun- 
teer fireman, active in the local 
homeowners association and 
in the Kern Valley Historical 
Association. 

Buford is survived by his 
wife Mary Elizabeth of almost 
68 years: a daughter Juanita 



Boos; six sisters and two broth- 
ers. He is the grandfather of 
five and has one great-grand- 
child. He is also survived by 
us, his many friends. A daugh- 
ter, Betty, predeceased him. 
Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 

Dorotha Frances 
Sanders 

Dorotha Frances Sanders 
passed away on June 1 6, 1 998 
in Merced, Calif. She was born 
August 20, 1 908 in Bakersfield 
where she worked as an office 
clerk for Apple Valley Devel- 
opment Company prior to her 
retirement. She was a long- 
time resident of Lake Isabella 
prior to coming to Merced in 
1 996. She was a 50 year mem- 
ber and past matron of the 
Order of Eastern Star in Lake 
Isabella. She was very devoted 
to lodge actvities including 
special pwjects for the area 
young people. 

A memorial service will be 
held in her honor at a later 
date. It will be held in Kern 
County and their local order of 
the Eastern Star will officiate 
to honor their past matron. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band James E. Sanders of 
Lake Isabella; daughter Mary 
Scroggins of Atwater; eight 
grandchildren, and 34 great- 
grandchildren. 

Dorothy V.Haas 

Dorothy V. Haas, age 88 
years, passed away June 21 , 
1 998 in a Bakersfield Hospital. 
She was a long time resident 
of Lake Isabella and was a 
native of Michigan. She was 
employed for many years as a 
telephone operator and also 



did work as a payroll clerk. 

She is survived by her 
daughter and grandson Roxine 
and Anthony Disco of Lake 
Isabella, son. Howard Hass of 
Glendora, Calif., sister, Lillian 
Wesley of Marion, Ohio, and 
grandson, Michael Haas of 
Temecuia, Calif. 

A private cremation is being 
held under direction of Bakers- 
field Family Funeral Directors. 

Robert Eugene 
Unsell 

A memorial service will be 
held Thursday July 2, 1 998 at 
Kern River Valley Cemetery 
(the old section. Lake Side) at 
1 p.m. for Robert Eugene 
Unsell who died in a car acci- 
dent on Hwy 1 78 in Bodfish on 
June 24, 1998. Officiating will 
be Pastor John Carpenter of 
the Kernville United Methodist 
Church. 

Robert was born April 21, 
1979 in Bakersfield and has 
lived his life in the Kern River 
Valley and Bakersfield. He was 
a student at Summit High 
School. He enjoyed camping 
and fishing and fixing cars and 
motorcycles. 

He is survived by his mother 
Charlotte Unsell and Dave 
Mershon, his father David 
Unsell, and sisters Rebecca 
and Nicole Unsell, grand- 
mother Nina Biggs, and grand- 
parents Don and Betty Unsell, 
numerous aunts and uncles, 
cousins and friends. 

He will be greatly missed by 
all who knew and loved him. 

In lieu of flowers a trust fund 
has been set up at West 
America Bank. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary 



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Eunice Margaret 
Neff 

Eunice Margaret Neff was 
born on February 24, 1 91 in a 
small town in Kansas where 
she spent her early years as a 
girl. Later, Eunice and herfam- 
ily moved to Ohio where she 
spent the majority of her life. 

On August 25, 1 934 Eunice 
married the love of her life. 
Nelson Neff. Together the two 
began to build a life for them- 
selves and began a family. 
Soon after, she completed her 
education, graduating from 
Ashland College with a teach- 
ing credential. Eunice felt a 
calling for this field of work and 
began teaching fifth grade at 
an elementary school in Ohio. 
During this time she developed 
a talent for the arts. Eunice 
became an accomplished 
painter, working primarily with 
oils. Later, some of her work 
began showing up in exhibits 
and art shows. Her love and 
talent for the arts was not only 
limited to oils and canvas, but 
also to the dramatic arts. As a 
teacher, Eunice found her 
niche. Soon she became the 



director of all of the school's 
projects that concerned music 
and the children. She had a 
positive artistic influence on 
many of the children's lives. 

In the early 70's, Eunice 
semi-retired and she and Nel- 
son moved to Barstow, Calif., 
later moving to Mission Viejo, 
Calif. Once there, Eunice was 
able to devote more of her time 
to the arts. She painted and 
entered shows. She also spent 
time playing bridge with her 
friends. She also was never a 
person to sit idle, so she also 
began substitute teaching at a 
local school. 

In 1982, her beloved hus- 
band Nelson passed away. As 
this would weaken some 
people Eunice grew strong. 
She continued being very ac- 
tive, however, shortly after, her 
sight began to fail her. In 1 989 
she had a significant loss of 
sight and made the decision to 
move to the Kern Valley area 
to be near her daughter and 
favorite son-in-law. This did not 
slow Eunice down. In fact, she 
became even more active in 
her new community. She joined 
the Foursquare Church's Fam- 
ily Life Center, the Rod & Gun 
Club, and the Kernville 
Woman's Club. She continued 
to paint and play bridge up 
until she heard the calling of 
the Lord. In the early hours of 
the morning of June 26, 1998 
Eunice passed away from our 
lives and went home to be with 
the Lord. 

Eunice is sun/ived by her 
daughter and son-in-law Joan 
A. and Gary Bechtel of Wof- 
ford Heights; her sister, Esther 
Zaugg, of Hiram, Ohio; and by 
her twin sisters, Prescilla 
Hildebrandt and Aquila Sterret, 
of Mountain Home, Ark. Eunice 



is also survived by her grand- 
children, James Bechtel of 
Salem, Ore.; Kathy Taylor of 
Wofford Heights; Steve 
Bechtel of Wofford Heights; 
and Scott Bechtel of Holly- 
wood. Also surviving her are 
1 1 great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 

J.E. Foreman 

J.E. Foreman entered life 
July 21, 1924 in Shawnee, 
Okla., and entered eternal life 
June 19, 1998 in Wofford 
Heights. Family friend Sam 
Wells officiated at his memo- 
rial service June 25. Inurnment 
was at Riverside National 
Cemetery, Riverside, Calif. 

God saw that J.E. was get- 
ting tired, a cure for him was 
not to be. So God put his arms 
around him, and whispered 
J.E. come hometo me. So with 
tearful eyes we watched him 
suffer, and beheld him fade 
away. And although we loved 
J.E. dearly, we could not make 
him stay. On June 1 9, a golden 
heart stopped beating, hard 
working hands now rest. God 
broke our hearts to prove, he 
only takes the best. There is 
only one way into this world. 
That is by way of the womb of 
a woman. But there are two 
ways out. I know for a fact that 
my true friend, and spiritual 
brother chose the right way. 
He (J.E.) is at peace now, (Real 
Peace) and I feel he would 
have wanted you, (his family) 
(his friends) to know that.' 

J.E. was survived by two 
family members, his wife, Mrs. 
Hazel Forman and his daugh- 
ter, Mrs. Sharon Forman Batts. 

Services arranged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 






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JackP.Whitton 

"Our loss is heaven's gain." 
Our beloved husband, dad, 
papa, great-papa, and friend 
left our earth to go live in his 
Heavenly Father's home on 
June 26, 1998. Jack's journey 
began on October 26, 1 926 in 
Fullerton, Calif, where he lived 
with his parents, Dewey and 
Helen Whitton, his sister, June, 
and brother, Eugene. At 17, 
Jack joined the United States 
Navy to help in the Second 
World War. He had the rank of 
Seaman Second Class and 
was stationed at Maui and the 
Midway Islands. 

In 1 951 , Jack metthe woman 
he would share all of his life 
experiences with, Lois. These 
experiences were to include 
their three children, five grand- 
children and five great-grand- 
children. Jack and Lois would 
share more than four decades 
of love that seemed to triumph 
over ail of the tests life could 
give. 

To Jack, family was the most 
important aspect of life. He 
believed that a man should 
come home from work each 
day to help teach his children 
and to help give them the love 
and support they need. He car- 
ried this belief on to his grand- 
children. 

Jack loved camping. The 
wilderness of the Sierra 
Nevadas were a second home 
to him. Here in his second home 
he enjoyed hunting aruj fish- 
ing, and delighted in teaching 
his children and grand children 



about the wonders of nature. 
Because of his love for the 
mountains, Jack chose the 
Kern River Valley as his home 
after he retired in 1982. 

He was a true friend to all. 
His honesty, strength, and 
strong beliefs were admired by 
everyone who knew him, and 
his wonderful sense of humor 
always brought a smile to 
everyone's face. His presence 
on this earth will truly be 
missed. 

Jack's journey on this earth 
ended while in his wife's loving 
arms and his family surround- 
ing him with love as we watched 
him go home to be with his 
creator. 



He IS preceded in death by 
his father, Dewey Whitton; 
mother, Helen Whitton; and' 
brother, Eugene Whitton. Jack 
is sun/ived by his wife, Lois; 
sister, June Nielsen, of North 
Dakota; his three children, 
Steve Whitton and his wife, 
Goning, of Burley, Idaho; Terri 
Landphere and her husband, 
Mitch, of California City; Rob- 
ert Whitton and his wife, 
Donnia, of Norwalk, Calif.; five 
grandchildren, Jackie Raybuck 
of Lake Isabella; Katie and 
Gordon Sheckells of Lake Isa- 
bella; Shannon Whitton and 
Jason Whitton of Norwalk, 
Calif.; April Whitton of Burley, 
Idaho; five great-grandchildren 
Austin, Brittani, and Cheyenne 
Sheckells of Lake Isabella, and 
Kaitlyn and Kayla Raybuck of 
Lake Isabella. Jack will also be 
missed by many nieces and 
nephews and many other lov- 
ing friends and family. 



Donald W. 
McEachen 

Donald W. McEachen 
passed away at home on Fri- 
day, June 26, 1998. He had 
been ill for several weeks.. He 
died with his wife at his side. 

Don was born Feb. 1 2, 1 921 
In Wayne, Neb. He moved to 
Los Angeles along with his 
brother and sister in 1 937. In 
Los Angeles, he met and mar- 
ried his wife, Alice Newman. 
They were married for 57 years 
and had two wonderful chil- 
dren. He drove trucks in the 
L.A. area for many years. He 
always enjoyed camping and 
following retirement he and his 
wife moved to the Lake Isa- 
bella area and enjoyed 1 4 years 
in this area. Don never met a 
stranger and was always will- 
ing and able to help others no 
matter what their situation. He 
was always very quick with his 
wit and kept his grandchildren 
on their toes. 

He was preceded in death 
by his daughter, Betty Feeney , 
in 1996. He is survived by his 
wife, Alice; his son and daugh- 
ter-in-law, George and Edie 
McEachen; his son-in-law, 
Fred Feeney; his granddaugh- 
ter, Karen McEachen; his 
grandsons, Scott Feeney, Dan 
Feeney, Brian McEachen, and 
Eric McEachen; and his great- 
grandson, Jason Feeney. 

Services were held at Lake 
Isabella Funeral Home on 
Wednesday, July 1 , 1 998. Ser- 
vices and burial were held at 
Rose Hills Memorial Park in 
Whittier on Thursday, July 2 
1998. 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 




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Wednesday. July 8, 1 QQS 



John M. Ridenour 

Funeral services for John 
IVL RidenQU£. who passed away 
June 26, 1998, in a Bakers- 
field hospital, were held on 
Wednesday, July 1 , 1 998, at 
^mrrn. at St. Jude'srCatholic 
Church in Wofford Heights. 
Officiating was Father David 
Graham of St. Peter's Episco- 
pal Church. Visitation was held 
at Valley Mortuary on Tuesday 
from 12 noon to 5 p.m. 

John was a resident of Lake 
Isabella for the past 21 years 
and had been a Kern County 
resident since 1967. He was 
born in Parkersburg, W.Va. on 
Sept. 19, 1930, and was 67 
years of age. 

He attended school in West 
Virginia and graduated from 
Marietta College, Marietta, 
Ohio. Following college, he 
served in the U.S. Army and 
was stationed in Germany. 

John's interest in broadcast- 
ing began during his college 
years, where he worked with 
the college's on-campus radio 
station. When he returned to 
the states , he worked in broad- 
casting in West Virginia, Ken- 
tucky, Illinois and California. 

He moved to Bakersfield in 
1967 and worked for KBIS 
Radio, Channel 17-TV, Chan- 
nel 23-TV, and KGEE/KGFM. 
In 1 977 he put KVLI-AM on the 
air in Lake Isabella. It was the 
first broadcast facility in the 
Kern River Valley. He later 
added KVLI-FM in 1 992. John 
was retired after selling the 
station in 1997, 



He was always very active 
in community activities and 
belonged to many civic organi- 
zations. He was a member of 
the Kern Valley Exchange 
Club, the Lake Isabella Cham- 
ber of Commerce, the Kernville 
Chamber of Commerce, the 
Wofford Heights Improvement 
Group, the Kern River Valley 
Visitor's Council, the Kern Val- 
ley Masonic Lodge #827, the 
American Legion Post #711, 
the Kern River Valley Histori- 
cal Society, the Kern Valley 
Hospital Foundation, the Fish 
and Game Habitat Club, and 
supported many activities of 
the Kern Valley High School. 

He is survived by his wife of 
31 years, Janet, of Lake Isa- 
bella; brother-in-law and sis- 
ter-in-law, Richard and Cynthia 
Seymour, of Parkland, Fla.; 
cousins, Janet Witte, of Ft. 
Lauderdale, Fla.; Judy White 
of Flagstaff, Ariz.; Barbara 
Grignol of Rochester, N. Y. ; and 

Lewis Ridenour of La Porte, 
Ind.; and uncle and wife, Arnold 
and Marcia White, of Ft. Myers, 
Fla. 

Memorial donations may be 
made to the Polycystic Kidney 
Research Foundation, 4901 
Main Street, Suite 200, Kan- 
sas City, Mo. 64112-2634. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Sidney Sterling 
Stalford 

Sidney S. Stalford of Wel- 
don, and ranch hand for some 
50 years in the Kern River Val- 
tey area, died June 20, 1 998 in 
Big Pine, Calif. He was bom 
March 19, 1906 in Kansas He 
was 92 years old. 

He was a ranch hand for the 
Sprague ranch and last worked 
for Walt Hanning on the 
Hanning ranch. 

Sidney is survived by his 
sons, Billy G. Sta/ford of New 
Mexico; Levi Stalford of Onvx- 
sister Jennie West of Los An- 
geles, grandsons Billy Stalford 
iLi J^^.Z ^^^'(^o, Barry 
Stalford of New Mexico, and 
Robert Stalford of Weldon 

At Sidney's request no ser- 
vices are to be scheduled. 

Arrangements by Ridgecrest 
Mortuary 



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Branda Cheri 
Snow 

A memorial service for 
Branda Snow, 13, will be at 1 1 
a.m. Saturday, July 1 1 , at The 
Rookery at Katherine Albertson 
Park in Boise, Idaho. 

Branda died June 16, 1998 
in a Whitewater rafting acci- 
dent on the Kern River near 
Kernville. 

Born on October 1 0, 1 984 in 
Caldwell, Idaho, she spent 
most _oi -her .life, in . Mary^yjfie, 
Wash,, but moved. back) fo 
Idaho with her family in 1 996. 
She had just completed sev- 
enth grade at Lowell Scott 
Middle School in Meridian, and 
had begun a summer visit with 
her father in Southern Califor- 
nia when the accident occurred . 
Branda was a budding sci- 
entist with a strong interest in 
marine biology. She won first 
place in her school's science 
fair in sixth grade and recently 
had scored in the 99th percen- 
tile nationally on a science ap- 
titude test. She also enjoyed 
choral music, and was a mem- 
ber of the Lowell Scott choir. 
She sang with her mother, a 
professional singer and choral 
teacher, in a show last Christ- 
mas and recently perfomned 
her first solo. 

Branda's death was the first 
fatality for the Kern River com- 
mercial river tour operators, 
who have conducted tours for 
more than 20 years. The com- 
panie s and a rea residents held 
two memorial services for 
Branda, during which they 
named a bend in the river 
"Branda's Bend" and hung a 
wind chime in a Ponderosa pine 
nearby. 



An avid reader, Branda was 
rarely without a book in her 
hand or at her bedside. Be- 
cause of her enthusiasm for 
learning through reading, her 
family and friends have set up 
two memorial funds to buy li- 
brary books for children in the 
Pacific Northwest and South- 
ern Calif. In lieu of flowers, 
donations may be made to: 

The Branda Snow Memorial 
Fund, c/o U.S. Bank, 7230 
Fairview Ave., P.O. Box 721 7, 
Boise, Idaho, 83707. The fund 
will be used to buy library books 
for the schools Branda at- 
tended: Lowell Scott Middle 
School in Meridian, Idaho; 
Mountain Home Junior High in 
Mountain Home, Idaho; North 
Elementary Scfiiool in Moun- 
tain Home, ; Ida1u3; -aind 
Shoulltes Elementary School 
in Marysville, Wash. 

.The Escondido Library 
Foundation for the Branda 
Snow Book Endowment Fund, 
239 S. Kalmia St., Escondido,' 
Calif., 92025, attention: Laura 
Mitchell. The fund will be used 
to buy books for the Escondido 
Public Library's children's sec- 
tion. 

Survivors include her mother 
and stepfather, Sandra and 
Rick Krause of Boise; her fa- 
ther and stepmother, Russ and 
Cindy Snow, of Carlsbad, Ca- 
lif.; her sister, Robyn Cates, of 
Boise; her brother, Scott Snow, 
of Carlsbad; and many grand- 
parents, uncles, aunts and 
cousins. One of Branda's 
uncles has set up a website 
with more information about 
the memorial sen/ice, memo- 
rial library funds and tributes. 
The (case-sensitive) address 
is: http://members. tripod.com/ 
-BrandaMemorial/ 



Lawrence (Larry) 
Walter Schropp 

Lawrence Walter Schropp 
was born to his parents, Lester 
and Onie, on August 22. 1 922, 
in Salamac, N.Y. In 1944, 
"Larry" entered the United 
States Army and proudly 
served his country as a medic 
in the 362nd Infantry. A while 
after his time in the service, 
Larry began working for Lucky 
Supermarkets, where he be- 
gan to work his way up to his 
final position before his retire- 
ment. General Manager. In 
1 980, Larry married the love of 
his life, Alice M. Burns. The two 
were married in Las Vegas on 
June 3. Larry and Alice built a 
comfortable life together here 
in the Kern Valley, residing in 
Bodfish. They became actively 
involved in our community. 
They became members of the 
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 
#7665 in Lake Isabella, the 
Moose Lodge, and the 
Beamers club. Also, during this 
time, Larry developed a pas- 
sion for fishing, camping, and 
going. to "Whiskey Pete's Ca- 
sino." All in. all, Larry had be- 
~ tome a very loving husband 
and family man. He will be 
greatly missed. 

Larry is survived by his wife 
of 1 7 years Alice, of Lake Isa- 
bella; his brother, Tom; his sis- 
ters, Ellinor and Thelma; a son 
and a daughter: six grandkids 
and four great-grandkids and 
many, many friends. 

Services arranged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Theresa lona 
Maxey 

Graveside services were 
held Monday, July 6, 1998 at 
the Hillcrest Memorial Park and 
Mortuary for Theresa Maxey 
who died Thursday July 2 in 
Lake Isabella. Theresa was 
born in Hartville, Mo. June 17, 
1916. Services were con- 
ducted by Jon Rowe. 

Theresa is survived by her 
daughters, June Hasper, Edna 
Norried, and Melanie Kratt. 
Sons Jim and Glenn L Will- 
iams, 14 grandchildren, 23 
great-grandchildren, and 9 
great-great-grandchildren. 
She is also survived by her 
sister, Mae Weaver, and 
brother Truel Boyer. Theresa 
was preceded in death by her 
son Jerry Lee Williams. 

Hillcrest Memorial Park & 
Mortuary 

Maxine I. 
Bergiund 

Maxine I. Bergiund passed 
on to join her husband George 
on July 7, 1998 in Wofford 
Heights after a long illness. 
She was 83. 

She is survived by daughter 
Beverly Olmstead and Hus- 
band Richard. Daughter Toni 
Knott and husband Walter. Son 
George Bergiund Jr., and wife 
Anna Marie, eight grandchil- 
dren, thirteen great-grandchil- 
dren and one great-great- 
grandchildren. 

Maxine was initiated into the 
Order of the Eastern Star on 
June 7, 1948 in the state of 
Wisconsin and was active in 
community affairs in Hemet, 
Calif., before moving to the 
Lake Isabella area. She was a 
volunteer at the Lake Isabella 
Senior Center. 

Maxine loved to play bingo 
and was a regular on Thurs- 
day nights at the Elks Lodge in 
Wofford Heights. 

Maxine loved life and 
people. All who knew her will 
miss her. 

Honoring Maxine's request, 
no services are pending. 

Arrangements are by Valley 
Mortuary 



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Richard (Dick) 
Grant Sterling 

Dick Sterling passed' away 
on Friday, July 10, 1998. He 
had been ill for several years. 

Dick was born April 29, 1 936 
in Fullerton, Calif. He lived in 
the L.A. area until 1979 when 
he moved to the Lake Isabella 
area. He worked as a machin- 
ist for many years. However 
his last job with the U.S. For- 
estry Service was what he en- 
joyed most and took great pride 
in. 

Dick enjoyed being outdoors. 
Fishing, gardening and wood 
working were important to him. 

He was preceded in death 
by his parents. Gale and 
Mildred, his son, Ricky and 
brother-in-law, Lanson Joyner. 

He is survived by his sister, 

Betty Joyner of Lake Isabella, 
brother Lauren Sterling, Port ' 
Orchard, Wash. Daughter, 
Linda Mason of San Diego, 
and niece and her husband 
Judy and Don Padgett of 
Bakersfield. 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 



Michael Arthur 
Meehan 

Michael Arthur Meehan, age 
63, passed away June 30, 
1998, in Santa Paula, Calif., 
after a lengthy illness. He was 
born June 16,1 935. He worked 
as a Quality Engineer for 30 
years for Allied Signal. Mr. 
Meehan taught sailing, enjoyed 
hiking and fishing in the Sier- 
ras, he loved sail racing and 
cruising. He was involved in 
Little League and AYSO as a 
coach, and the Professional 
Association of Innkeepers In- 
ternational. 

He owned and operated the 
Kern River Inn Bed and Break- 
fast in Kernville from 1991 to 
1994. 

He is survived by his wife, 
Helen Andrews of Santa Paula, 
Calif.; sons Patrick James 
Meehan of Torrance, Calif., 
and Michael Carl Meehan of El 
Segundo, Calif.; step-sons 
Steven Todd Andrews of 
Rossmoor, Calif., Richard 
Michael Andrews of Aliso Viejo, 
Calif., and Donald Lawrence 
Andrews of Torrance, Calif.; 
mother Aileen Maire Osborn 
of Northridge, Calif.; sister 
Susan Roline Rudnicki of 
Newbury Park, Calif.; grand- 
child Shannon Aileen Meehan 
of Torrance, Calif.; and step- 
grandchildren Jessica, Adam 
Alexix, Jacob, and Mackenzie 
Andrews. 

Services will be at St.' James 
Catholic Church, Torrance, 
Calif., Thursday, July 16, 1998, 
at 1 1 a.m. Ashes will be scat- 
tered at sea at a later date. 



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Richard (Dick) 
Glenn Hartman 

Entered into rest on July 1 5 
at the age of 70 years. Glenn 
was born in Whittier, Calif, to 
William and Anna Hartman. 
His father, mother, six broth- 
ers, Alfred, Wilmer, Lee, Walt, 
Kenny, Ernie, two sisters Irma 
and Bernice -moved to 
Victorville, Calif, where Glenn 
grew up. He became affiliated 
with the International Union of 
Operating Engineers Local 
#12. First as a heavy equip- 
ment operator and later as a 
business agent. In 1984 he 
and his wife moved to Onyx. 
Glenn has enjoyed his church, 
ranching, hunting and garden- 
ing. Loving husband to Marilyn 
Hartman, beloved father to 
Elaine Corriish, Dan aPehner t. 
Luane Orsborn, Blake Byrket," 
Scott Byrket, Frank Byrket, and 
Gary Hartman. Grandfatherto 
Stacey Clay, Dennis Cornish, 
Robert Cornish, Jennifer 
Dehnert, Rebecca Byrket, 
Glenn Byrket, Cheyene 
Embree and Debbie Byrket. 
Great-grandfather to Randi 
Clay, Samantha Clay, Bran- 
don Cornish and Austin Cor- 
nish. Glenn was also very 
blessed with numerous nieces, 
nephews and many other lov- 
ing family members and 
friends. Friends are invited to 
attend services at the Full Gos- 
pel Fellowship Church in Mt. 
Mesa with Pastor Gary Nichols 
officiating at 1 0:00 am on Sat- 
urday July 25. Interment will 
be at the Kern River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights, 
Ca. Visitation at Valley Mortu- 
ary Thursday July 23 from 9:00 
am to 5:00 pm, Friday July 24 
from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm. Ar- 
rangements by Valley Mortu- 
ary. 




Glenn Cole 

Glenn Cole, age 60, passed 
awayJulylS, 1998athishome 
in Wofford Heights. He was 
born Aug. 28, 1937 in Ohio 
and was the oldest of 8 chil- 
dren to Eugene and Dorothy 
Cole. 

He and his wife of 41 years 
lived in the L.A. area until retir- 
ing in 1 990 to the peace of the 
Lake Isabella community. > 

While fishing each day, he 
enjoyed the things he loved 
best, being surrounded by the 
beauty of the lake, the com- 
panionship of his fishing bud- 
dies, and the thrill of the catch. 

Glenn was a beloved hus- 
band, father, and grandfather. 
He touched the lives of those 
he came in contact with by his 
extreme generosity, his undy- 
ing patience and his devotion 
to family and friends. 

He is survived by his wife 
Jeanette, daughters Cheryl 
Canto, Sandy Martinez and 
Nancy Walker, who will miss 
him very much. 

We will forever take with us 
the things he has taught us, 
relax, be patient and think big. 



Clara Madeline 
Cartwright 

Memorial Services will be 
held Saturday July 25. 1998 
at 1 0:00 am at Mt. View South- 
ern Baptist Church in Lake Isa- 
bella, Calif, for Clara Madeline 
Cartwright. Officating will be 
Pastor Bert Simpson. Mrs. 
Cartwright was born October 
1 4, 1 898 in Hebron, N. D. and 
passed away July 9, 1 998 in 
Mt. Mesa, California just short 
of her 100th birthday. She 
was a resident of the Kern River 
Valley for 1 4 years. She was 
the oldest of 12 children and 
during the 1 91 7 flu epidemic in 
North Dakota she lost her par- 
ents and a sister and 2 broth- 
ers, she kept the family to- 
gether for as long as she could 
and then they went to St. Jo- 
seph, Mich, to a Baptist or- 
phanage. She moved to Chi- 
cago and later married Henry 
William Cartwright in 1 924 and 
moved to California in 1 943. 
She was very active in her 
church and family life was very 
important to her. She was ' 
preceded in death by her hus- 
band Henry in 1962. She 
moved to the Kern Valley in 
1 982. She is survived bv her 
son and daughter-in-law Jerry 
(Jay) and Joyce Cartwright of 
Kernville and son Paul 
Cartwright of Santa Clara and 
sisters. Elsie Hollester of 
Alhambra, Pat Bouris of 
Mendicino, Calif, and Gertrude 
Smith of Walnut Creek, Ca. 
and 4 grandchildren and 3 
great-grandchildren and many 
nieces and nephews. Arrange- 
ments by Valley Mortuary. 



Charlean 
Marie Downing 

Charlean Marie Downing, 
57, born in Cobden, III. on June 
23, 1 941 , diedJuly 1 5, 1 998 at 
1 :48 a.m. at her home in Lake 
Isabella with her daughters at 
her side. 

She was preceded in death 
by her long-time companion 
Roger Schubert. She is sur- 
vived by her daughters and 
son-in-laws TeAnna and Joe 
Hill, Dawn and Tommy 
Vasquez and Marcie and Matt 
Farnum and her nine grand- 
children. In loving memory of 
our Mother — she was the core 
of our family and the strength 
that bound us together through 
the hardships, and no burden 
was ever too big for her. She 
was strong through her struggle 
with lung cancer. We will miss 
her deeply. 

Memorial services will be 
held Sunday, July 25, 2 p.m. at 
All Faith Chapel Hall, China 
Lake Naval Weapons Center. 



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Robert Schubert 

Roger Schubert, 55, passed 
away in his sleep at his Bodfish 
home on July 12, 1998. Roger 
■ wasbornDec. 16, 1942inJPojl' 
Jefferson, N.Y. He worked for 
Grumman Aerospace Corpo- 
ration for many years before 
moving to the Kern Valley 
nearly 30 years ago. During 
his time in the valley, he shoed 
horses and worked at Isabella 
Market before taking a position 
at China Lake Naval Weapons 
Center. He was survived for a 
short time by his partner in life, 
Charlean Downing. He is also 
survived by his father, Charles 
Schubert and sister Anna 
Grace. He was an intelligent, 
loving and funny man who is 
greatly missed by those who 
love him. 

Memorial services for Roger 
and Charlean will be held Sun- 
day, July 25, 2 p.m. at All Faith 
Chapel, China Lake Naval 
Weapons Center. 



George B. Albin Lillian A. Jamison 



George passed away July 
12, 1998. He was born in 
Texas and served his country 
during World War II in the U.S. 
Navy aboard the U.S.S. In- 
trepid. George moved to Kern 
River Valley 38 years ago and 
was very active in all the valley 
activities including becoming 
Whiskey Flat Mayor and Early 
California Days Marshal. He 
was a member of the Masonic 
Lodge, V.F.W., and Elks. 
George enjoyed bartending, 
flying and fishing and enjoyed 
a good time. He was a very 
loving man and always had 
time to help someone, he had 
many friends. George is pre-, 
ceded in death by his wife Bar- 
bara (well known local Real- 
tor). He is survived by his son 
George Albin Jr. and wife Alta 
from Downey, 3 grandchildren, 
5 great-grandchildren of LA. 
County. George was loved an 
will truly be missed. Services 
were held at graveside on July 
1 7, 1 998 at 1 0:00 a.m. at Kern 
River Valley Cemetery. 



John Fife 

Graveside services were 
held Monday, July 20, 1998 at 
10:30 a.m. for John Fife, of 
Weldon, at Loma Vista Memo- 
rial Park in Fullerton, Calif. In- 
terment followed. He was born 
Feb. 26, 1 924 in Sydney, Aus- 
tralia and passed away July 

1 5. 1 998 at Kern Valley Hospi- 
tal. 

He was survived by his sons, 
Lawrence and John; daughter 
Lawren Stone; grandchildren, 
James, Gregory, Russel, 
Timothy, Scott, Sonny and Lari 
Fife, and Jeffrey, Natasha, 
Karma. Sara and Simon Stone. 



Lillian A. Jamison was born 
November 3, 1904 in 
Chaseley, North Dakota. She 
taught school in Washburn, 
North Dakota for 1 2 years be- 
fore moving to California in 
1 937. She met her future hus- 
band, Edward J. Jamison, 
while they were working at an 
Army depot durning World War 
II. They lived in Rancho 
Bernardo near San Diego until 
his death in 1979. She then 
moved to Huntington Beach 
and eventually to Lake Isa- 
bella nine years ago. Lillian 
passed away July 1 0, 1 998, at 
Mercy Hospital in Bakersfield. 
It was discovered she had 
throat cancer and they did sur- 
gery on her trachea to allow 
her to breathe. She had com- 
plications from internal bleed- 
ing after her first radiation treat- 
ment. She was wonderfully 
healthy all during her life so it 
was extremely stressful on her 
to be hospitalized, have sur- 
gery and go through radiation 
treatment. She was a Chris- 
tian woman who was always 
grateful for the wonderful life 
she had. She had no children 
of her own, but leaves nieces 
Lorraine Sartoris, Donna 
Connelly Hoegee, Bette Tulp, 
Sharon Neil, Marlene 
Eastman, LaVon Moore and 
one nephew, Dick Tulp of Val- 
ley City, N. D. and many, many 
great-nieces and great-neph- 
ews. Everyone who met her 
found her to be a sweet, kind, 
and loving person who always 
had a smile on her face. She 
will be greatly fnissed by her 
many friends and family. Fu- 
neral srrangements were 
made with Lake Isabella Fu- 
neral Home. Burial will be at 
Rose Hills Cemetery, Whittier, 
Ca. _ 



John David 
Wegner 

Funeral services were held 
on July 17, 1998, at the Kern 
River Valley Cennetery, in 
Wofford Heights. Pastor Bert 
Simpson officiated with the 
Honor Guard of the Veteran's 
of Foreign Wars and the La- 
dies' Auxiliary performing the 
Veterans Burial Rights. John 
David Wegner was born on 
May 30, 1 91 8, in the mid-west- 
ern state of Indiana. John be- 
gan working at an early age, 
and developed a love of "work" 
that was amazing. During 
World War II, he served his 
country proudly as a sergeant 
in the United States Army. 
During the war, John married 
Iris Sanders, the woman he 
chose to spend the rest of his 
life with. In his years, John was 
self-employed as a general 
contractor, doing a great deal 
of residential construction. He 
was very much liked by every- 
one he worked with and well- 
respected by his customers, 
co-workers and crews for his 
honesty and professionalism. 
John and Iris both believed in 
hard work, but they also en- 
joyed taking vacations in their 
motorhome, visiting their son 
and their very special grand- 
children, and going to new 
places they had never been, 
but also going to some of the 
old places that they knew and 
loved. All in all, John was a 
great husband, father, and 
grandfather. In 1 975, John and 
Iris both retired and moved 
from Burbanktothe Kern River 
Valley, settling down in Lake 
Isabella. Soon after, however, 
John and Iris both decided to 
go back to work. John contin- 
ued as a contractor and Iris 
worked as a Realtor for 12 
years. John and Iris were mar- 
ried for nearly 56 years before 
Iris fell ill and passed away in 
April of this year (1998). After 
her passing, John made sure 
that he settled all issues in his 
life because he could feel the 
Lord's calling. All too soon af- 
ter, John went home to be with 
the Lord. John David Wegner 
passed away in the wee hours 
of the morning of July 1 5, 1 998. 



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Iris had helped the Lora pre- 
pare'a place for him in heaven 
and he went home to be with 
her, and probably to go back to 
work with Iris for the Lord. 

John David Wegner is sur- 
vived by his only son, Doug, of 
Santa Cruz, Calif. Also by his 
loving granddaughters, 
Amanda and Katie Wegner, 
his brother Bill, and his sisters 
Rosemary and Ruth. And by a , 
very special friend, Diana 
Miller. John will be very much 
missed by his loving family and 
his special friends. 

Services arrarlged by the 
Lake Isabella Funeral Home. 



Lloyd Franklin 
Burkhardt 

Uoyd Burkhardt was born 
on May 12, 1921, in Minne- 
apolis, Minnesota, to his par- 
ents Frank and Clara 
Burkhardt. His parents instilled 
in him a strong sense of family 
values that stayed with him all 
his life, all of which he passed 
on to his own family through 
the years. 

In September of 1 942, Uoyd 
entered the United States Army 
Air Corps and proudly served 
his country. On April 1 5, 1 945, 
Uo^d rnarried the lo^ oiJl'S 
life; Dorothy, in Chicago, III. 
Five months later, he was hon- 
orably discharged from the 
service, and he and Dorothy 
began building their life to- 
aether. Lloyd began working 
for Wing Aircraft as a sheet 
metal mechanic. During this 
time, their family began to 
grow, having three sons and 
two daughters. In 1 977, Lloyd 
and Dorothy retired, picked up 
their roots, and then replanted 
them here in the Kern River 
Valley. During his time, Lloyd 
was a terrific husband and a 
wonderful father. He loved his 
family fiercely. He loved the 



outdoors, taking his kids camp- 
ing, and snow skiing. He and 
Dorothy would take road trips 
to Las Vegas to play Keno. He 
loved the time he was able to 
spend with his children playing 
poker and other games with 
them, clowning around and 
joking about everything. His 
sense of humor always kept 
everyone's spirits up. He was 
an all-around good guy! 

On July 4, 1998, Mr. Lloyd 
Franklin Burkhardt passed 
away in Bakersfield. Funeral 
sen/ices were held on Wednes- 
day, July 8, 1998, at the Kern 
River Vallev Cemeterv in Wof- 
ford Heights. Pastor C.L. 
Semonious officiated, giving a 
wonderful service. The Honor 
Guard of the Veterans of For- 
eign Wars Post #7665 and the 
Ladies' Auxiliary proudly gave 
their lasting memorial tribute 
to Lloyd, their fallen comrade, 
for his service to his country in 
a time of war. Lloyd will be 
missed by his family and all his 
many friends. . . 

Lloyd Burkhardt is survivied 
by his wife of 53 years, Dor- 
othy his sons James Burkhardt 
of Santa Cruz, Calif., Richard 
Burkhardt of Chelsea, Ok., 
Gary Burkhardt of Arab, Ala., 
and his daughters Doreen 
Allen of Mountain Mesa, and 
Diane Vradenburgh of Lake 
Isabella. Lloyd is also survived 
by numerous grandchildren 
and great-grandchildren. 



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54 




Archie Dee 
Hancock 

Archie was born in Missouri 
and raised in Oklahoma. He 
passed away July 14, 1998, 
and was buried at Rose Hills 
on July 20, 1998. 

In 1 935, he met and married 
Helen Hix. They moved to Cali- 
fornia in 1936. Archie worked 
as a cook and later went to 
work for Phelps Dodge Copper 
Plant in Los Angeles where he 
made copper tubing for sub- 
marines during the war. 

Archie and Helen were very 
close. They had three children 
- James Hancock, Betty Jean 
Breller and William Dee, de- 
ceased. 

He is survived by his wife of 
63 years, Helen; two children, 
seven grandchildren, 12 great- 
grandchildren and many nieces 
and nephews. Archie is also 
survived by his brothers and 

sisters and many friends. He 
was the third of 1 2 children. 

Archie was a member of the 
CB'ers in Lake Isabella. He 
worked with the Kernville 
Chamber and the Kernville 
Recreation Complex Commit- 
tee. He judged the Rodeo 
Queen Contest. He loved 
horses. He trained and showed 
them in horse shows for many 
years before retiring to the Kern 
Valley in 1976. He loved the 
valley and fishing in the lake. 



William J. Stark 

Memorial services were held 
Tuesday, July 28, 1 998, at 8:30 
a.m. at St. Jude Catholic 
Church in Wofford Heights for 
William J. Stark of Falrview. 
Officiating was Father Jim 
Kudilil. 

Mr. Stark was born Novem- 
ber 28, 1923 in Youngstown, 
Ohio, and passed away July 
22, 1998, at his home in Fair- 
view. He moved to the Kern 

River Valley after retiring from 
the Glendale Police Depart- 
ment in 1 977. He enjoyed fish- 
ing and being in the outdoors 
around the river. 

He is survived by his son 
and his companion, Anthony 
and Carol; daughter and her 
husband, Kelly and Mark Mon- 
roe; granddaughter, Alicia, and 
grandson, Austin. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 




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Nick D. Prodan 

Graveside services will be 
held Saturday, Aug. 1 , 1 998 at 
11 a.m. at Kern River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights 
for Nick D. Prodan. Officiating 
will be Pastor Jon Rowe of the 

~ CRurch~of Christ in Lake Isa- 
bella and the VFW Post #7665. 
Nick was born Feb. 21 , 1 91 6 in 
Los Angeles and passed away 
at his home in Wofford Heights 
on July 21, 1998. He retired to 
the Kern River Valley in 1965 
from the Carpenters Union 
Local #1506 in Santa Monica. 
He enjoyed classic cars, bowl- 
ing and looking out his picture 
window at his beloved Lake 
Isabella. He also enjoyed meet- 
ing and having conversation 
with his many friends in the 
valley and helping his brother 
Tony manage his tennis enter- 
prises. 

Nick was preceded in death 
by his brother, George. He is 
survived by his son and wife, 
Mike and Carol, of Weldon; 
son and wife, Nick and Renee 
of Kernville; daughter, Kathy 
England, of Bodfish; and their 

mothe(\~Anna, of Wofford 
Heights; his brother, Tony 
Prodan, of Irvine; and sister-in- 
law, Hilda Prodan, of Redondo 
Beach ; and eight grandchildren 
and eight great-grandchildren. 
Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Nesta C.Turner 

After a lengthy illness, Nesta 
passed away peacefully in her 
sleep at the home of her son in 
Bodfish. She was born April 
15,1 903 and passed away July 
19, 1998. At her request, cre- 
mation has taken place and no 
services were requested. 

Nesta and her husband, 
Wm. D. Turner, came to the 
Kern Valley in 1951 and re- 
sided here 47 years. 

She is survived by her son, 
Wm. A. Turner, and his wife, 
Claire, of Bodfish; her daugh- 
ter, Mary (Johnnie) Threewit, 
of Paonia, Colo.; six grandchil- 
dren, six great-grandchildren 
and two great-great-grandchil- 
dren. 

She was preceded in death 
by her husband of 58 years, 
"Bill," and one great-grand- 
daughter. Dawn Cheree Elliott, 
of Paonia, Colo. 

Nesta also leaves many 
friends in the valley. Her ashes 
will be placed beside her "Bill" 
at the Kern Valley Cemetery. 



Nel F. Mariin 

Nel F. Mariin passed away 
July 21, 1998, in Wofford 
Heights. Nel was born in 
Redondo Beach and lived in El 
Segundo until she moved to 
the Kern River Valley in 1982. 

He is survived by her two 
daughters, Toni Klassen and 
Dee Thornberry; and one 

Granddaughter, Rachel 
hornberry. Private services 
will be held. In lieu of flowers, 
donations can be made to St. 
Peters Episcopal Church, P.O. 
Box 1633, Kernville, Calif. 
93238. 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Mortuary. 



Cecil Everett Dale 

'-ecil Everett Dale of I ai^^ 
sabe,,ap3 eofLake 

Snn^^°^°"3-^alif.ho£ 

HewI.hn'"S^'^"9^^y'''"eS. 
ne was born June 29 1 91 4 ,>, 

Raton, New Mexico Pnor'to 

h.s retirement in 1974, he was 
a delivery driver for HosteS 

Cakes andhad served thecom 
mumties of Lake isaPellT' 
R-dgecrest and Trona for 26 

Hehadbeenaproperty'owner' 
'"Lake Isabella sinc^Tgy? 
and^a full-time residem Jince 

Cecil is survived bv hi<; lA/if^ 
of 62years, AliceDate of lakl 
Isabella; sons. James colle 

vv. uale of Lake Isabella- and 

three grandchildren ^ 

. At Cec//'s request nn Qor 

v.c^ will be scheduled ^^'- 



Wednesday, August 5, 1998 




Barbara D. 
Farnsworth 

Barbara joined her daughter 
and husband in heaven on July 
26, 1998. She was born April 
1 7, 1 930 in Salt Lake City, Utah. 
Her love for the lake and valley 
encouraged her to move here 
in 1986. She soon became in- 
volved in many clubs and or- 
ganizations, including the Wof- 
ford Heights Improvement 
Group, Senior Citizens Cen- 
ter, Friends of the Animals and 
The Rod and Gun Club. 

She enjoyed crocheting and 
her beautiful view of the lake, 
but most of all helping others. 
She is survived by her grand- 
children, Mollie and Andy Win- 
chester, god-daughter Meagan 
Czubek, sister-in-law and hus- 
band Verna and Bob Ruff, and 
very dear friends Tom and 
Vickie Czubek. 

At "Grama's" request, no 



service was scheduled, but a 
"celebration of life" was held 
Monday, Aug. 3, by her dear- 
est friends. Breathe easy, 
Grama. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Hazel R. Goodson 

Hazel R. Goodson, 82, of 
Wofford Heights, passed away 
July 29, 1998. at a Claremont 
convalescent hospital. Mrs. 
Goodson was born October 4, 
1915, in Sioux City, Iowa, and 
settled in Granada Hills in 1 941 , 
moving to Claremont in 1956, 
and to Wofford Heights, in 
1979. She was a member of 
the Methodist Faith. Surviving 
are husband, Kelly Sessions 
Goodson; daughters, Marilynn 
K. Klauss of Conover, North 
Carolina and Patricia A. Lynch 
of Montclair; 3 grandchildren, 
4 step grandchildren, 1 foster 
grandson and 12 great-grand- 
children. 

Private services and inter- 
ment will be held. 

Todd Memorial Chapel, 
Pomona, is in charge of ar- 
rangements. 

Mildred Violet 
Weightman 

A Mass for Christian Burial 
was held Monday August 3, 
1998 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Jude 
Catholic Church for Mildred 
Violet Weightman. Officiating 
was Father Jim Kudilil. 

Mrs. Weightman was born 
November 4, 1914 in Rock- 
ford, III and passed away July 
29," 1998 In Mountain Mesa, 
Calif. She was a resident of the 
Kern River Valley for 30 years 
and a member of the Altar So- 
ciety at St. Jude Catholic 
Church. 

She is survived by her hus- 
band of 64 years, Paul 
Weightman of Lake Isabella, 
son and daughter-in-law Ron 
and Maureen Weightman of 
Newhall, Calif., and daughter 
and son-in-law Jan and Bob 
Miller of Lake Havasu City, Az. , 
7 grandchildren and 9 great- 
grandchildren and 1 great- 
great-grandchild, and a sister 
Shirley Powell of Illinois. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



nuuy Mnn kjug 

Funeral services were held 
for Ruby Ann Ode on Saturday 
July 25, 1998 at 1:30 p.m. at 
the Shepherd of the Hills 
Lutheran Church in Lake Isa- 
bella. Officiating was Pastor 
Chuck Semonius. Interment 
followed at Kern River Valley 
Cemetery in Wofford Heights, 
Calif. 

Ruby Ann Ode, age 84, 
former Menominee resident, 
had been living at Rennas 
West. The former Ruby Shell 
was born July 16, 1914 in Kan- 
sas. She married Victor 
Frederick Ode in 1 937. He pre- 
ceded her in death on Septem- 
ber 1 4, 1 991 . She was a mem- 
ber of Shephard of the Hills 
Lutheran Church in Lake Isa- 
bella, and former resident of 
Wofford Heights, Calif. 

She worked for the North 
American Rockwell Corp. for 
1 5 years as a technical detailer, 
retiring in 1975. She is sur- 
vived by her son, Jerry Ode of 
Menominee, Michigan, a 
daughter Annette Louise Page 
of Redondo Beach, Calif., sis- 
ter Anna Heineken of Winches- 
ter, Kansas, 8 grandchildren, 9 
great grandchildren and 2 
great-great grandchildren. Ar- 
rangement by Cadieu Funeral 
Home in Michigan and Valley 
Mortuary of Lake Isabella, Ca- 
lif. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 

Eugene Glenn 
Smith 

Funeral services were held 
Wednesday July 29, 1998 at 1 
p.m. for Eugene Glenn Smith 
at Valley Mortuary Chapel. Of- 
ficiating was Pastor Bert Simp- 
son of Mt. View Southern Bap- 
tist Church. Interment was at 
Rose Hills Memorial Park in 
Whittier, Calif. Eugene was a 
resident of the Kern Valley for 
25 years and a member of the 
Moose Lodge and the Eagles. 
He enjoyed boating, water ski- 
ing and fishing. 

He is survived by his daugh- 
ter-in-law Joyce Hazard of 
Palmdale,- granddaughter 
Wendi Morton of Palmdale, and 
great-grandchildren Ryan and 
Devon Morton of Palmdale. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



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Hazel Louise 
Kortcamp Hanson 

Hazel Louise Kortcamp 
Hanson died August 1 . 1 998 at 
Tri-Cities Hospital in Vista, 
Calif. She was born March 12, 
1 91 1 in San Francisco and lived 
most of her life in California. 

She came to Lake Isabella 
many years ago with her late 
husband, Herbert "Pete" 
Hanson, who loved to fish. Af- 
ter they both retired they bought 
a home here in 1 987. Pete and 
Hazel were married for 46+ 
years and traveled extensively. 

Hazel is survived by her 

"^auglTfer, Sylvia Sands" 
Wheeler of Baja Sur, Mexico, a 
granddaughter Agnes Kate 
Freeburn of Tucson, Ariz, a 
great-grandson Anthony 
Freeburn also of Tucson and a 
grandson John Laury Freeburn 
of Sacramento, Calif. She is 
also survived by her devoted 
brother, Richard Kortcamp and 
his family of Oceanside, Calif. 
A memorial service is 
planned for Sunday, August 
16, 1998, 1 p.m. at Highland 
Chapel, United Methodist 
Church in Lake Isabella. 



Robert Willard 
Miller 

Private arrangements were 
made for Robert Willard Miller 
who passed away July 27, 1 998 
at his home in Wofford Heights, 
California. He was born Febru- 
ary 29, 1 924 in New York City, 
New York and served on the 
Los Angeles County Sheriffs 
Dept. for 27 years before retir- 
ing and moving to the Kern 
River Valley 23 years ago. He 
and his wife Edna were very 
active in the Moose before she 
passed away in 1996. He is 
survived by his son Arthur 
Cammaressi of Torrance and 
his daughter Dolores Zagala of 
Weldon, and several grandchil- 
dren and great-grandchildren. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



.August 12. 1998 




Jessie Duncan 

Jessie Duncan went home 
to be with the Lord at the age of 
84 years in Bakersfieid. Shq 
was born on November 25, 
1913 in Sterling, Colorado. 

Jessie accepted Christ as 
her Savior as a young teen- 
ager in the Evangelical Church 
in Sterling. Jessie married Olin 
Duncan of Hastin, Missouri 
(who passed away March 1 1 th. 
of this year) on August 23, 
1932. Together they went to 
LIFE Bible College in Los An- 
geles, graduating in 1937. 

Jessie, along with her hus- 
band, was an ordained minis- 
ter and served with him from 
1937 to 1971. They pastored 
churches in New Mexico, Okla- 
homa, Kansas, Missouri and 
Nebraska. They also held po- 
sitions of leadership within their 
church denomination. They 
retired and moved to Wofford 
Heights in May of 1972 and 
remained active members of 
the Family Life Center Four- 
square Church. 

Jessie is survived by her 
daughter and husband Roberta 
and Frank Lortscher of Bakers- 
field; and her son and wife, 
Dick and Edie Duncan of Port- 
land, Oregon. 



She is also survived by nine 
grandchildren, including Sheryl 
Patterson and husband Gene; 
Carl Magness and wife, 
Sharon; Tim Duncan and wife 
Diana; Karen Whetsell and 
husband, Isaac; Kimberley 
Hofer and husband, Dave; 
Kathy Lortscher; Karen Roney 
and husband, Jeff; Frank 
Lortscher and Todd Lortscher. 

She also has 15 surviving 
great-grandchildren, Kristi, 
Gene and Luke Patterson; 
Stephanie and Keith Magness; 
Alicia, Sean and Ryan Duncan; 
Angela and Amy Brown; Eli 
Whetsell; Kristina Hofer; and 
Kristin, Justin and Alan Roney. 

MemorisI services were held 
Monday, August 10, 1998 in 
the Family Life Center, Wof- 
ford Heights. Those wishing to 
honor Mrs. Duncan's life may 
make donations to Foursquare 
World Missions through the 
Family Life Center, 20 West 
Panorama, Wofford Heights, 
Calif. 93285. 

Interment at Hillcrest Memo- 
rial Park of Bakersfieid. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Marilynn Kathleen 
Frazjer 

Marilynn Kathleen Frazier, 
a resident of the Kern River 
Valley for 38 years, passed 
away in Bakersfieid, Calif., on 
July 30, 1998. 

Marilynn was born to Chris- 
topher and Effie Griffin in Palo 
Alto, Calif., on Ma/ 5, 1922. 
She attended school in Hun- 
tington Park, Calif. 

Marilynn served as Post- 
master at Mountain Mesa, Ca- 
lif, until 1984. Upon retiring, 
she enjoyed spending her 
times in her garden and tend- 
ing to her flowers. 

Marilynn was preceded in 
death by her husband of 49 
years Thomas F. Frazier, and 
1 brother, Cullen "Bud" Griffin. 

Marilynn was the beloved 
mother of daughter and son- 
in-law, Pam and Richard Reed 
of Suisun City, Calif., and sons, 
Kent Frazier and wife Phyliss, 
of Taft, Calif., and Mark Frazier 
of Bodfish, Calif, daughter-in- 
law, Christy Kay of Squamish, 
Wash. 

She is survived by 9 grand- 
children, Dennis Reed and wife 
Patti of Stockton, Calif., Terra 
Frazier of Suisun City, Calif., 
. Stacy Frazier of Newberg, Ore., 
Scott and Cody Frazier of Lake 
Isabella, Melissa and Ian 
Frazier of Squamish, Wash., 
and Jeremy and Jentri LaLonde 
of Taft, Calif. She also had 3 
beautiful great-granddaugh- 
ters, Kourtney and Keisi Reed 
of Stockton and Caitlun Aguilar 
of Suison City, Calif. Also sur- 
viving her are 3 brothers, Frank 
Griffin and wife Irene, Michael 
Griffin and wife Linda, all from 
La Habra, Calif. James Griffin 
and wife Shirley, of Tucson, 
Ariz., and 1 sister, Martha 
Monterosso and husband 
Frank of Cypress, Calif., and 
sister-in-law Claralee Griffin of 
Downey, Calif. 

She will be greatly missed 
by many nieces, nephews, and 
friends. 

She leaves us with a heartfull 
of love and a lifetime of memo- 
ries. 

Arrangements by Lake Isa- 
bella Funeral Home. 



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Patricia Ann 
Carroll 

Graveside services were 
held Wednesday, Aug. 12, 
1998 at 10 a.m. at the Kern 
River Valley Cemetery in Wof- 
ford Heights for Patricia Ann 
Carroll. Officiating was Pastor 
John Carpenter of the Kern- 
ville United Methodist Church. 
Pat was born July 12, 1941 in 
Texas and passed away Aug. 
6, 1998 in Mountain Mesa. Pat 
was a resident of the Kern River 
Valley since 1978. 

She is survived by tier 
daughter and son-in-law, 
Tammy and Eugene Feemster 
of Bodfish; grandsons, John 
Wayne Feemster of Bodfish 
and John Lee DeVicariis of 
Lake Isabella. 

Pat is gone but not forgotten 
for she will be here forever in 
our hearts. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Leonard William R Donald Didier 
Weaver 



Leonard William Weaver 
was born on Sept. 22, 1922, to 
his parents, William and Mable, 
in the sleepy little town of Hot 
Springs, Ark. Later in 1942, he 
met and married Edith Nation, 
that same year they moved 
from Arkansas to California, 
settling in the Downey and Bell 
Gardens area. They had twin 
girls, Imogene and Emogene. 

In 1971 Edith came to the 
Kern River Valley, while 
Leqnardtiontinued to commute 
back and forth from down south 
to work in his trade as a resi- 
dential pool contractor. In 1 976 
Leonard come tothe valley and 
started his own contracting 
business, many here in the 
valley will remember him for 
his honest and forth-right man- 
ner, along with his wonderful 
sense of humor. 

Leonard leaves to grieve for 
him his loving wife, Edith; his 
twin girls, Imogene and 
Emogene; his wonderful grand- 
children, Jason, Victoria, 
Harold, Pamela, Christina, 
Jodi, and James; also seven 
great-grandchildren. Many 
friends in the valley will miss 
him too. 

Funeral services were held 
at the Lake Isabella Funeral 
Home, Rose Chapel, on Fri- 
day, Aug. 14,1998 at 10 a.m. 
Officiating was Pastor Francis 
Edge of the Pentecostal Light- 
house Church. Interment fol- 
lowed at the Kern River Valley 
District Cemetery. 



Memorial services will be 
held Friday, Aug. 21 , 1998, at 
10 a.m. at St. Jude Catholic 
Church in Wofford Heights for 
F. Donald Didier. Officiating will 
be Father Jim Kudilil. Donald 
was born Feb. 1, 1922 in Cali- 
fornia and passed away Aug. 
7, 1998 in Wofford Heights. 

He was a graduate of USC 
and a Major in the Air Force. 
He was an engineer for Buena 
Engineers for 30 years and was 
still a consulting geologist for 
the past 1 5 years that he was a 
resident of Wofford Heights. 

He is survived by his son 
and daughter-in-law, Paul and 
Julie Didierof Montrose, Calif.; 
son, Chris Didier, of Palm 
Springs; his brother, Robert 
Didier, of Santa Rosa, Calif. 

Arrangements by Valley 
Mortuary. 



Wednesday, August 19, 1998 



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Agnes Lorraine 
Stains 

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